whizbangthedirtfarmer: omeganuepsilon: However, it is a gesture of good will, and it is helpful to a lot of servicemembers. Even when not in wartime they can and do go through a lot more stress than many civilians will ever know.As someone else noted above, when was the last time someone thanked a doctor? Or bought them a free meal. My uncle is a trauma surgeon, and has been for the past twenty years. I can assure you that he's never been given a free meal or singled out for praise, and he's probably seen more violence and saved more lives than several soldiers. It's not false equivalency. A large number of people join the military to escape their area, whether it be poverty or geography. And, considering that, with a massive standing army, there's so few people (relatively) who have actually faced danger or, really, ever "defended my freedom." If you've been overseas, fought, gotten wounded, sure, but there's usually a blanket: hey, free meals/money/programs for soldiers, regardless. Think about various companies who have set goals to hire certain numbers of ex-military, the programs to directly assist homeless vets, etc.
Koodz: ...and that doesn't mean I support a draft.
ZeroCorpse: Some are, and some aren't, but just deciding to accept a well-paid job offer from the U.S. Armed Forces doesn't make someone a hero
ZeroCorpse: As I said, I think the average department store worker sees plenty of risk around Black Friday... Nobody ever offers to buy them a drink or free lunch. Usually, they receive scorn for needing to be on public assistance because the job pays nowhere near a living wage.
PC LOAD LETTER: It's not free, you have to be a soldier. A truly free lunch is some dude coming up to you and now you have lunch. For literally no reason apart from he wanted to give you it. Not "because you are ____"
insano: How about buying meals for homeless people, or, you know, people who need it really badly?
Bomb Head Mohammed: It basically hasn't been true since the 1970s though lord knows a lot of em sheepishly don't deny it.
Wild Eyed and Wicked: 47 is the new 42: undernova: Soldiers are people, too. Announcing this quiet little perk to the world guarantees an influx of dickhead GI's who think they're entitled to the (hopefully) free meal.Along with people that pretend they served in the military.I have a crazy cousin who got kicked out of the marines for being a dumbass. He is on Facebook every other day acting like he is some kind of hero because of his service when he actually only made it about four months before they sent him home. I really want to out him when he is carrying on bit it would start a family died and his mother helps take care of my mother...so I quietly seeth and ignore his dumbass...He is the type that I would not be surprised to discover that he is a serial killer and has left a trail of bodies across two states. He lies about everything.
Doctor Funkenstein: undernova: Soldiers are people, too. Announcing this quiet little perk to the world guarantees an influx of dickhead GI's who think they're entitled to the (hopefully) free meal.It can be worse. A lot of my friends and I got duped by this asshole http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/05/harrisburg_man_who _ faked_being.html.Whenever my buddies and I are out at a bar and see a guy in uniform, we like to send a round or two his/her way. Just a small gesture to say thanks and I've never met a military person who didn't appreciate kicking back with a cold one. Enter the asshole in the article I linked above. He use to be a regular at a bar I like to go to. I'd see him all the time (yeah, I go out way too much). Seemed legit to me. WTF do I know, I never served. He had the gear and talked the talk. He always had some USMC clothes on and some interesting stories to tell (that turned out to be utter bullshiat). He even had the dress blues on a few times. We used to make it farking rain on that guy. Hell, we just thought he was our bar's resident Marine so that was our boy. This went on a couple of times a week for the almost two years that we knew him. Then it turns out he was making the whole thing up. Never even served at all. He just disappeared when that article came out. Haven't seen or heard anything about him in nearly a year now. I'd love to curb-stomp that fark.*Warning* If you're an active member of the military or a vet, the article I linked is really going to piss you off./still love slinging beers at servicemen/women
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