You may choose to continue calling anyone a fool who chooses to join the military and put themselves in harms way. I however prefer a different word... PATRIOT. The word may hold no meaning for you except as a symbol of brain washing. But it is what made the US what it is today. I can sympathize with people who may say "and look what we have become". But the harsh reality is that is because we have become too weak and unaccepting of responsibility (I aim the last at parents, not all of course)
Having said that I would personally have never gone in as an infantry or any other front line combat sort. That is why I chose to be in the Navy submarine service. I still refuse to call anyone foolish for making the choice to join the military in a combat role. Whether anyone likes it or not, war has always been, and will continue to be a FACT of life (in some dreamed golden age it might not be so). If you prefer that our country did not have anyone available to defend it... well what more needs be said? And having such a vile animosity towards those who do put their life in jeopardy is absolutely reprehensible to anyone who has lost their life doing so...
Back to the original point though, helping vets is good. I personally know of FAR too many people that come back from the war and need help and are either too prideful to ask or are unable to receive proper help when they do ask.
This comment was edited on Nov 10, 2009, 20:45.