Inspired by a June 22 opinion page article "Not all military veterans deserve 'hero tag.'"
I, too, wore a military uniform (USAF) for 23 years. I served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. I was in Vietnam when the "cease fire" was signed in 1973.
I would be embarrassed to be referred to as a "military hero" because I never did anything deserving of the honor. I am a military veteran. Period.
Let's reserve the "hero" tag for those deserving souls who lost life or limbs or spent years in POW camps.
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I feel very fortunate that the military draft took me off a Carolina cotton farm in 1951, gave me three meals a day and good living conditions, not to mention a nice pension and benefits too numerous to mention.
I hear so many complaints about lack of service from the Veterans Administration. Many of them may be justified but I have only praise for the VA, especially the Bradenton clinic.
Thank you, USAF military and Veterans Administration, for the good life I am living today.