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A Message to the Entitled

Posted on July 07 2016

I have been giving this some thought lately and its been bothering me. It seems to me that some of my fellow veteran have forgotten an important Army value. Oh wait, did you think I was going to be speaking about the stereotypical youth in America? No. Today, I am going to speak to my community.

There is only one thing that you earn when you leave the military service and that is the honor and prestige of calling yourself a veteran. Yes all that you deserve is a mere title. I don't say that lightly though. Its a title that carries great merit and respect with it, if you take care of its image. But many of you have given the title this elite, I am better than you attitude. And its sickening. 

Selfless Service

Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own. Selfless service is larger than just one person. In serving your country, you are doing your duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain. The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort.

Do you remember this Army value? This is a pillar to being a great soldier yet it seems many of you have forgotten this value. "Free college, then go and earn it" or "Fast food workers don't deserve a raise, the military does" or "Immigrants get more benefits than veterans do" and blah blah blah. In everyone of these statements, the person making it is putting the value of the solider/veteran above the welfare of the nation. You are only thinking of yourself and quite frankly its ugly.

The benefits given to veterans are by the grace of the American people. That is how they thank us for our service. You didn't earn them. They are tokens of respect and gratitude for a selfless act. When you sit there and attack others because they are treated better than you, in a way that downplays their legitimate concerns, then you do dishonor to the veteran image. Yes, I said it. Because that is also another Army value.

Honor

Live up to Army values. The nation’s highest military award is The Medal of Honor. This award goes to Soldiers who make honor a matter of daily living — Soldiers who develop the habit of being honorable, and solidify that habit with every value choice they make. Honor is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do.

You do dishonor by putting your interest ahead of the people of this country who may or may not have served. You disrespect others by putting your accolades from your service ahead of their accomplishments is school, life or careers.

Stop, just stop. Stop this entitled attitude. We are veterans of the same kind, to serve the United States and protect its citizens. Since when did bashing and degrading our citizens (who are actually our brothers and sisters just like our battle buddies) become a battle cry?

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