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2013-11-11 04:00:35 AM
Speaking as a vet (but not speaking for other vets), I wouldn't take advantage of any freebies or stuff like that. It just feels weird.

Hell, I'm the commander of a VFW post and still feel awkward when people say "thanks for your service". I don't like to be the center of attention that way, because it feels... cheap? Is that the right word? I don't know... it's hard to explain, but I didn't do anything to get people being nice to me.

Meh, 3/4 of a bottle of wine makes Cyclometh inarticulate.
 
2013-11-11 05:11:02 AM

Cyclometh: Speaking as a vet (but not speaking for other vets), I wouldn't take advantage of any freebies or stuff like that. It just feels weird.

Hell, I'm the commander of a VFW post and still feel awkward when people say "thanks for your service". I don't like to be the center of attention that way, because it feels... cheap? Is that the right word? I don't know... it's hard to explain, but I didn't do anything to get people being nice to me.

Meh, 3/4 of a bottle of wine makes Cyclometh inarticulate.


Glad I'm not the only one that feels this way.
 
2013-11-11 05:57:16 AM
Golden Corral: Free meals for anyone who has served in the Military from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What if you served on the morning shift?
 
2013-11-11 05:57:17 AM
I, like many other veterans, am working today. Banks, schools and governments are closed. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Shouldn't everyone else be working and vets be given the day off?
 
2013-11-11 05:59:22 AM
It's nice that some businesses are offering free meals to veterans and current military. That's great. Know what would be better?

If we actually gave a shiat all year round instead of just one or two days out of the year.

And Cyclometh is right--if I had actually gotten into the Navy and served (medical issues kept me out), I'd feel guilty taking the free stuff too.
 
2013-11-11 06:06:57 AM

Cyclometh: Speaking as a vet (but not speaking for other vets), I wouldn't take advantage of any freebies or stuff like that. It just feels weird.


I'm willing to bet you're in the majority on that.
 
2013-11-11 06:08:47 AM
Can't take advantage of all that today. I'll be on duty.
 
2013-11-11 06:13:33 AM
Or, everyone could treat the day like Halloween and dress up as zombie veterans.....
 
2013-11-11 06:22:31 AM
Put me down in the "I'd never accept a freebie because it just doesn't seem right" camp. I appreciate the gesture, and heck, I'll probably try to take my business to these places more frequently, but accepting their offers just isn't something I'd do.
 
2013-11-11 06:24:37 AM
I tried to go to that Golden Corral free meal for vets a few years ago. The restaurant was packed and the line was stretching out the door and to the back of the parking lot. Stood there for 15 minutes and didn't move an inch, sorry but no free steak is worth all that.

Also,  Lowe's/Home Depot: 10 percent Military discount. When requesting the discount, show proof of Military service. This is every day.
 
2013-11-11 06:25:24 AM
I really didn't do anything when I was in the Air Force. My main focus was the first of the month. Somebody, somewhere was getting promoted (NCO promotions are effective on the first), and they would bring donuts.

On a good day, I could have 4-6 donuts before I had to be at work at 8:30 am.

I also miss going to Midnight Chow - the only bad things were that you had to be in uniform (to keep the drunks out), and the cook had a moustache that was not 35-10.

But who was going to tell her? :O

/49152 '86-'90
 
2013-11-11 06:26:39 AM
Golden Corral was one of the first to give away a free meal for vets....  many years ago decided to take the family there one Veteran's Day and couldn't even get into the parking lot, because they don't ask for any proof of service and a bunch of assholes who never served had made the line go out of the door.

Just like voting, just ask to see an ID card.
 
2013-11-11 06:26:51 AM

Cyclometh: Speaking as a vet (but not speaking for other vets), I wouldn't take advantage of any freebies or stuff like that. It just feels weird.

Hell, I'm the commander of a VFW post and still feel awkward when people say "thanks for your service". I don't like to be the center of attention that way, because it feels... cheap? Is that the right word? I don't know... it's hard to explain, but I didn't do anything to get people being nice to me.

Meh, 3/4 of a bottle of wine makes Cyclometh inarticulate.


Yeah, I agree. Hopefully though maybe stuff like this does get used by vets who are struggling or on a tight budget.

Mostly it's just a marketing thing.
 
2013-11-11 06:28:04 AM
I served and don't feel guilty. I went to McCormack and Scmick's yesterday for lunch with my wife and had which has a free menu on vets day every year. What I noticed when I was there was a lot of older vets eating there who might not have been able to afford it. I work with homeless, addicted, and justice involved vets and I'm glad these business are having such promotions. Maybe the majority of veterans who avail themselves of these promotions are not like my clients, but I'm glad to see that with their VA many if the vets I work with will be able to get a good meal today somewhere.
 
2013-11-11 06:38:29 AM
Rudy's to honor veterans with free/discounted barbecue

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q, various San Antonio locations, is honoring veterans and military families in a four-week campaign.

Through Nov. 17, any Vietnam, Korea or World War II veteran will receive a complimentary barbecue meal.

In addition, all veterans will receive a 10 percent recognition discount for all their barbecue purchases.
 
2013-11-11 06:50:28 AM

hasty ambush: Rudy's to honor veterans with free/discounted barbecue

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q, various San Antonio locations, is honoring veterans and military families in a four-week campaign.

Through Nov. 17, any Vietnam, Korea or World War II veteran will receive a complimentary barbecue meal.

In addition, all veterans will receive a 10 percent recognition discount for all their barbecue purchases.


Napalm sticks to kids.
 
2013-11-11 06:58:17 AM

StoPPeRmobile: hasty ambush: Rudy's to honor veterans with free/discounted barbecue

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q, various San Antonio locations, is honoring veterans and military families in a four-week campaign.

Through Nov. 17, any Vietnam, Korea or World War II veteran will receive a complimentary barbecue meal.

In addition, all veterans will receive a 10 percent recognition discount for all their barbecue purchases.

Napalm sticks to kids.


Like a good barbecue sauce sticks to your fingers?
 
2013-11-11 07:07:11 AM
As nice as those intentions are, I would rather see the money spent by these organizations donated to Wounded Warrior Project.

darsba.files.wordpress.com

Korean War Memorial

Possibly the eeriest, most evocative memorial
 
2013-11-11 07:08:54 AM

Cyclometh: Speaking as a vet (but not speaking for other vets), I wouldn't take advantage of any freebies or stuff like that. It just feels weird.

Hell, I'm the commander of a VFW post and still feel awkward when people say "thanks for your service". I don't like to be the center of attention that way, because it feels... cheap? Is that the right word? I don't know... it's hard to explain, but I didn't do anything to get people being nice to me.

Meh, 3/4 of a bottle of wine makes Cyclometh inarticulate.


Agreed.

I didn't serve for recognition or freebies. I served long ago enough that rather than thanking me, people spit at me and called me a baby killer.
 
2013-11-11 07:10:15 AM
A crappy meal and a free Slurpee and 7-11?  Wow! That makes all the sacrifice worthwhile!  Thanks America!

/firmly in the "No way would I take it camp"
//Except, maybe, the Slurpee
 
2013-11-11 07:14:06 AM

edmo: I didn't serve for recognition or freebies. I served long ago enough that rather than thanking me, people spit at me and called me a baby killer.


People still do that?
 
2013-11-11 07:15:46 AM

ReapTheChaos: I tried to go to that Golden Corral free meal for vets a few years ago. The restaurant was packed and the line was stretching out the door and to the back of the parking lot. Stood there for 15 minutes and didn't move an inch, sorry but no free steak is worth all that.

Also,  Lowe's/Home Depot: 10 percent Military discount. When requesting the discount, show proof of Military service. This is every day.


Well, standing in a mile long chow line that never moves brings back good memories doesn't it?  They should have massive amplifiers blasting out the sound of aircraft being launched and recovered on a flight deck right above you while you wait - just to really round out the experience.
Carrier vet.
 
2013-11-11 07:27:08 AM
Don't forget the RED HOT DEALS AT THE VETERAN'S DAY SALE!

ALSO FOR MEMORIAL DAY!

NOTHING COMMEMORATES OUR TROOPS SACRIFICES *MORE* THAN A  SAALLLE!
 
2013-11-11 07:31:16 AM
Consider how many veterans will be taking advantage of the free meal offers because they're having a hard time affording food.
 
2013-11-11 07:32:00 AM

Farty McPooPants: ReapTheChaos: I tried to go to that Golden Corral free meal for vets a few years ago. The restaurant was packed and the line was stretching out the door and to the back of the parking lot. Stood there for 15 minutes and didn't move an inch, sorry but no free steak is worth all that.

Also,  Lowe's/Home Depot: 10 percent Military discount. When requesting the discount, show proof of Military service. This is every day.

Well, standing in a mile long chow line that never moves brings back good memories doesn't it?  They should have massive amplifiers blasting out the sound of aircraft being launched and recovered on a flight deck right above you while you wait - just to really round out the experience.
Carrier vet.


Carrier vet here, too, and I'm also of the mindset that I don't feel right taking advantage of these freebies.
 
2013-11-11 07:36:58 AM
This will be the first year I can't take my dad out for veterans day.  I miss you, sir!  *salute*

And to everyone else who served, while my dumbass didn't, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
 
2013-11-11 07:39:34 AM

Farty McPooPants: Well, standing in a mile long chow line that never moves brings back good memories doesn't it?


seconded.
Beats getting spit on though.
 
2013-11-11 07:43:10 AM

GDubDub: edmo: I didn't serve for recognition or freebies. I served long ago enough that rather than thanking me, people spit at me and called me a baby killer.

People still do that?


Well  on fark it has changed to killer of brown people.
 
2013-11-11 07:46:25 AM

Mad Canadian: I really didn't do anything when I was in the Air Force. My main focus was the first of the month. Somebody, somewhere was getting promoted (NCO promotions are effective on the first), and they would bring donuts.

On a good day, I could have 4-6 donuts before I had to be at work at 8:30 am.

I also miss going to Midnight Chow - the only bad things were that you had to be in uniform (to keep the drunks out), and the cook had a moustache that was not 35-10.

But who was going to tell her? :O

/49152 '86-'90


Midnight chow was the best!


/42672 '83-'92
//she was in the kitchen though
 
2013-11-11 07:47:05 AM

GDubDub: edmo: I didn't serve for recognition or freebies. I served long ago enough that rather than thanking me, people spit at me and called me a baby killer.

People still do that?


No. Looooonnngg ago.
 
2013-11-11 07:49:11 AM

Securitywyrm: Consider how many veterans will be taking advantage of the free meal offers because they're having a hard time affording food.


Don't worry those government employees over at the VA still get theirs:

VA Employees Get Bonuses Despite Massive Backlog, Inefficiency

The VA's regional office in Oakland, Calif., gave about 90 percent of its employees bonuses despite having to temporarily shut down operations to retrain its underperforming workers and, in a Baltimore office, about 40 percent of workers receive a bonus despite the office's having the longest wait time nationally, according to a News21 investigation. Yet, at the Sioux Falls, S.D., office, which processes claims up to four times more efficiently than Oakland, less than a tenth of its employees saw a bonus, the same investigation found.
 
2013-11-11 07:53:04 AM

edmo: GDubDub: edmo: I didn't serve for recognition or freebies. I served long ago enough that rather than thanking me, people spit at me and called me a baby killer.

People still do that?

No. Looooonnngg ago.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spitting_Image
 
2013-11-11 08:11:54 AM

FarkLordOfTheSith: Farty McPooPants: ReapTheChaos: I tried to go to that Golden Corral free meal for vets a few years ago. The restaurant was packed and the line was stretching out the door and to the back of the parking lot. Stood there for 15 minutes and didn't move an inch, sorry but no free steak is worth all that.

Also,  Lowe's/Home Depot: 10 percent Military discount. When requesting the discount, show proof of Military service. This is every day.

Well, standing in a mile long chow line that never moves brings back good memories doesn't it?  They should have massive amplifiers blasting out the sound of aircraft being launched and recovered on a flight deck right above you while you wait - just to really round out the experience.
Carrier vet.

Carrier vet here, too, and I'm also of the mindset that I don't feel right taking advantage of these freebies.


I don't feel right either.  USMC I volunteered, knew what I was getting into nobody owes me anything outside of what benefits I were promised  when I enlisted.

I always felt that veteran is something to be lived up to not a card to be played for special treatment or extra free stuff.  But I understand how others feel differently and I don't begrudge them their freebies.

Lots of bad people were veterans:

Benedict Arnold

Lee Harvey Oswald

Duke Cunningham

John Murtha

John McCain

John Kerry

Charles Rangel

List goes on.


Bnddict
 
2013-11-11 08:17:00 AM

Cyclometh: Speaking as a vet (but not speaking for other vets), I wouldn't take advantage of any freebies or stuff like that. It just feels weird.

Hell, I'm the commander of a VFW post and still feel awkward when people say "thanks for your service". I don't like to be the center of attention that way, because it feels... cheap? Is that the right word? I don't know... it's hard to explain, but I didn't do anything to get people being nice to me.

Meh, 3/4 of a bottle of wine makes Cyclometh inarticulate.


Like others, same here. I appreciate what they're doing and hope that people do take them up on it, but I don't feel like I've done much to really warrant it, if that makes sense. I went overseas but was never in combat, so while technically I'm a veteran, it feels a bit weird to think of myself as such. Am I the only one in this camp or am I in my own area of operations? And while I may not be as flush on cash as I'd like, I'm not living paycheck-to-paycheck, so it feels a bit weird accepting free items. Older vets and those of you who've been downrange? Fark yeah, go and hit up those deals.

/only one beer here
//better have another so the first isn't lonely
 
2013-11-11 08:22:11 AM
It's not a real Veterans Day unless you have a cockpunch Dubya, Cheney, and Rove $5 per ($12 for all three) stand outside where the plane hit the Pentagon with benefits going toward the Wounded Warriors program
 
2013-11-11 08:32:32 AM
most San Antonio area Subways aren't honoring free sandwich. I am taking advantage of offers because I am jobless, broke,and my son hasn't received his reenlistment bonus (from August) so he can pay me back what he owes me. I have a 4 year tradition going of dinner with my 3 sons, all military, but this year will be by proxy as we're all in different places for the first year ever.
 
2013-11-11 08:34:11 AM
Count me in as another vet that typically doesn't take advantage of these kinds of deals, and gets a bit awkward when folks thank me for my service.

The sad thing is that most of these larger businesses that are offering deals to vets aren't necessarily doing it for vets so much as for the good PR. If it's a small local business offering the deals to vets that's usually a whole different thing.
 
2013-11-11 08:43:20 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: The sad thing is that most of these larger businesses that are offering deals to vets aren't necessarily doing it for vets so much as for the good PR. If it's a small local business offering the deals to vets that's usually a whole different thing.


Most of these places are hoping you bring your family so they make money off of you.  I don't feel right getting them also but I do take the Lowes/Home Depot discount fairly often.
 
2013-11-11 08:48:24 AM
I was happy to get out to Applebee's last veterans day with a couple guys from my unit. The catch was: the free meal was overshadowed by gestures from other patrons.

We joined some older vets at the table next to us, and just spent the time listening to their stories, buying them a round. We were all bought a few rounds from others in the bar who didn't just do it and walk away. They took the time to come talk with us, with the older vets, and thank them. It was refreshing to show these guys a good time and hear how stories don't change. If you serve now or four decades ago : you have done the same stupid shiat.

If you are out today complaining about lines, or from a traditionally military area, please still take a second to stop, listen, and say thanks to the older vets.
 
2013-11-11 08:50:53 AM

Spanky McStupid: As nice as those intentions are, I would rather see the money spent by these organizations donated to Wounded Warrior Project.



Korean War Memorial

Possibly the eeriest, most evocative memorial


I'm sorry but wwp is failing.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index .cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12 8 42#.UoDfYWS9Kc0

Under .60 cents of every dollar might make it to vets. (A program expenditure could be "rented ranch for wwp hunt" etc)

There are several other charities that are more effecient than wwp.
I won't tell you where to send your money but if you want maximum help per dollar donated look elsewhere.
 
2013-11-11 08:53:56 AM

pueblonative: It's not a real Veterans Day unless you have a cockpunch Dubya, Cheney, and Rove $5 per ($12 for all three) stand outside where the plane hit the Pentagon with benefits going toward the Wounded Warriors program


Dude - get your politics out of my Veterans Day thread.
 
2013-11-11 08:54:54 AM
Don't thank me. I didnt do anything special while I was in. If you want to thank a vet, go to a military retirement home and talk with some of the guys who never have visitors. If you're in the area go to Walter Reed or Bethesda.
 
2013-11-11 08:57:13 AM
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I'll just leave this here.
 
2013-11-11 09:02:14 AM

youmightberight: Spanky McStupid: As nice as those intentions are, I would rather see the money spent by these organizations donated to Wounded Warrior Project.

Korean War Memorial

Possibly the eeriest, most evocative memorial

I'm sorry but wwp is failing.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index .cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12 8 42#.UoDfYWS9Kc0

Under .60 cents of every dollar might make it to vets. (A program expenditure could be "rented ranch for wwp hunt" etc)

There are several other charities that are more effecient than wwp.
I won't tell you where to send your money but if you want maximum help per dollar donated look elsewhere.


This
 
2013-11-11 09:05:02 AM

sn68f: most San Antonio area Subways aren't honoring free sandwich. I am taking advantage of offers because I am jobless, broke,and my son hasn't received his reenlistment bonus (from August) so he can pay me back what he owes me. I have a 4 year tradition going of dinner with my 3 sons, all military, but this year will be by proxy as we're all in different places for the first year ever.


With all the veterans in San Antonio they would probably go broke.
 
2013-11-11 09:05:26 AM
I get the Friendly's 2x4 for breakfast for free, 'cause I'm a vet, but I still tip the waitress a fin because she's the one on her feet all day, not me.
 
2013-11-11 09:06:27 AM
I would have expected citizenship and the right to vote would be enough, but serving builds character too.

The Mobile Infantry made me the man I am today!
 
2013-11-11 09:06:39 AM
Count me in as a "vet" that won't take any freebies today.
Not because of pride but because quite frankly I don't feel like I did anything to deserve it.

I enlisted in the Air Force after high school to better my situation, not out of patriotism. I love my country, don't get me wrong. But I wasn't in harm's way. I turned wrenches on KC-135As, washed my car and drank. Being in the military provided me with the trade I now have that allows me to put food on the table and a roof over my family's head, helped put me through A&P school (Montgomery GI Bill) and helped buy the house I've been in for the past ten years. I have lifelong friendships from those four years. Those things are the "thanks" enough that I need.

I'm not trying to throw my hangups on anyone else who served. Just how I feel. Long story, short, thank someone who was shot at, don't thank me.

45450A
89-93
Castle AFB had the worse chow hall in the AF
 
2013-11-11 09:08:57 AM

youmightberight: pueblonative: It's not a real Veterans Day unless you have a cockpunch Dubya, Cheney, and Rove $5 per ($12 for all three) stand outside where the plane hit the Pentagon with benefits going toward the Wounded Warriors program

Dude - get your politics out of my Veterans Day thread.


Dude - the reason why we have Veterans Day IS politics.  Soldiers don't fight wars just because they're bored.
 
2013-11-11 09:16:46 AM

youmightberight: Dude - get your politics out of my Veterans Day thread.


Oh, and how about a round of thanks for the guys who voted cuts for food stamps in your name for the lowest grades of grunts and their families.

A friggin' 5000 calorie Bloomin' Onion fried in sheep tallow which make up for that.
 
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