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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veteran irony


Ah, Veteran's Day. A day in America where nearly half of its grateful citizens openly express their gratitude to those who fought for and preserved freedom while simultaneously supporting someone who privately denigrates soldiers and who actively pursues a path geared to destroying the very same things these veterans fought for. The only thing about wearing a MAGA hat along with a poppy that is consistent is that they are both red. 

Oh well. Anyway, thanks Veterans. At least half of us genuinely appreciate your sacrifices and have no intention of just blithely handing over the rights and freedoms you fought for to a tin pot dictator.

 

7 comments:

  1. It was my pleasure (and honor) to serve in the US Air Force from 1980 to late 1983.Strangely enough, my kids are inundated by the fact their father is a Veteran (by him!), and yet they forget that I served as well.

    Oh well... unsung heroes and all that!

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    1. Well some people like to self-aggrandize. Ana is currently enlisted and will one day end up a veteran......but she rarely mentions it to people.

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    2. I understand that line of thinking.

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  2. Years ago when I ran a corporate training department, I was interviewing a large number of applicants - they were desirable jobs.

    When I asked one woman about how she would handle the pressure she told me she raised three kids by herself and was a soldier. I took her on the spot.

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    1. Oddly veteran status alone never moved my needle much when I was in HR. A lot had to do with a person's reasons for going into the service. For example, as I said my Ana enlisted so as to exchange a few years of service rather than be swallowed in student loans for dental school. With her academic record, they took her in a flash. BUT......I also know several, and by several I'm understating out of kindness, people who ended up in the military because they were on disastrous paths and either they or their parents felt it was the only option left.

      The one thing the military tends to focus on is the discipline of following orders. That's perfect for some jobs. But sometimes you need people who are a little heavier on creative free thinking even if they aren't great with authority.

      Your example shows two life accomplishments that taken separately might not mean much, but together I agree they stand as testaments to something positive in that woman's character.

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