interesting essay, thanks for posting it.
it's always hard for civilians to talk to vets about their experiences. the combat vets have been through the unimaginable and the thanks they receive from those who haven't been in these situations must sound superficial at best most of the time. the non-combat vets seem to feel guilty for receiving thanks for their service because of the public image of a combat vet.
being willing to risk their lives when they enlisted for a dangerous and necessary job few would touch is worthy of appreciation in and of itself. the very least that society could do is to not take away the benefits offered to soldiers when they signed up, but even that seems uncertain these days in washington.
and tomorrow (or 38 seconds later), people will go back to their usual nonsense.