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Percentage who actually have served their Country in the military

Something to think about! The below was received from a friend and I think it was very well done:

I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter. She wasn't crying because it had been her dream for me to go there. She was crying because she knew how hard I'd worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer. I was going to get that opportunity.

That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following: Nick, you're a smart guy. You don't have to join the military. You should go to college, instead.

I could easily write a tome defending West Point and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that separate from that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won't.

What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.

In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in four years.

In Vietnam, 4.3% served in 12 years.

Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population has served in the Global War on Terror.

These are unbelievable statistics.

Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse.

Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military.

Taxes did not increase to pay for the war. War bonds were not sold.

Gas was not regulated. In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their hearts.

The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families. The volunteers. The people who swore an oath to defend this nation.

You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on. You've lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you'll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don't understand.

Then you come home to a nation that doesn't understand.

They don't understand suffering.

They don't understand sacrifice.

They dont understand why we fight for them.

They don't understand that bad people exist.

They look at you like you're a machine – like something is wrong with you. You are the misguided one – not them.

When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can't understand the macro issues they gathered from books, because of your bias.

You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that. Your Congress is debating your benefits, your retirement, and your pay, while they ask you to do more.

But the amazing thing about you is that you all know this. You know your country will never pay back what you've given up.

You know that the populace at large will never truly understand or appreciate what you have done for them.

Hell, you know that in some circles, you will be thought as less than normal for having worn the uniform. But you do it anyway. You do what the greatest men and women of this country have done since 1775 – YOU SERVED. Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group.

"Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few." Winston Churchill

Thank you to the 0.45% who have and continue to serve our Nation.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. This is all very true! I actually had a coworker that was complaining about jets flying overhead because she was talking. I sent her the post about the dumb guy that sent the letter to the Air Force base complaining. She said, “Well, they still shouldnt be flying while I am talking!”
    Some people just dont get it.
    Semper Fi!

  2. Their are people who think that the military gets to many benefits and gets paid
    way to much. Well maybe they should be looking at Congress, who only have to
    serve two turms to get 100% of there benefits and the military does 20 years and
    only gets 50%

  3. Manuel – “This is all very true! I actually had a coworker that was complaining about jets flying overhead..” I live near the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, and we have fighters, C-130’s and the occasional B-52 fly overhead. I was in our complex office when one resident remarked “What was that” when a flight of F-16’s went over head under take-off power – I replied “The Sound of Freedom!”
    Bruce – “Their are people who think that the military gets to many benefits and gets paid
    way to much. Well maybe they should be looking at Congress, who only have to
    serve two turms to get 100% of there benefits and the military does 20 years and
    only gets 50%”
    I would also add that as in every conflict since the Revolutionary War, the veteran continues to pay the price. In this conflict the number of TBI’s, PTSDs and traumatic amputees is staggering (if you looked at statistics, it would rival the Civil War – for different reasons), and Thank God for organizations like Wounded Warriors, Soldier’s Angels, (to name just a few) that have stepped up to handle the load on the veterans and their families that Congress has conveniently forgot in favor of awarding the welfare queens their 40″ TV’s in return for their vote.

  4. Awesome comments warrior-you all GET IT!! Feel free to send this post to some of those you know they dont have a clue. Its amazing how some perceive the military we have. Thank all of you for backing us and making your warriors strong. Semper Fi

  5. It breaks my heart! As the daughter of a career Air Force Sgt. and the wife of a Vietnam Vet, I am appalled at the attitudes. Wonder how they will all feel when they have to learn Russian or Chinese!

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  7. 22 years in the uSMC, WW-2, Korea & Vietnam. Three sons, Oldest 18 months in USAF, TWIN SONS ONE 4 YEARS IN uS-Army then 16 years in USMC. Other son medical problem could not serve. One daughter married to a USAF Sgt who is now a retired Veteran.
    Wife who stood by me for 56 years. It’s a shame that our Government sends our sons & daughters to fight the battles of other Countries. We should bring all back home and let them kill each other. I am talking about, The Muslims Countries that hate the USA and our sons & daughters and dieing for.

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