“Thank you for your service.” This phrase has become the new “Have a nice day.” As a veteran I hear it often, especially when I am wearing my Retired Air Force shirts or hats or presenting my ID card. I think America is trying to atone for their shameful treatment of the Vietnam era vets. I get that and I appreciate the sentiment. I also appreciate the 10% discount at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
But seriously, what I really want costs a bit more. I want a decent final resting place for our deceased veterans. I want medical and financial assistance for those who need it. There is a need for temporary housing for those, who when asked, served their country, but now need some assistance. We can’t hand out “Thank you for your service” cards to sick and/or homeless vets. It is time to end the grip and grin followed with lip service.