I got an interesting package of "official U.S. Army documents" in the mail today. It seems my Nation wants to thank its Soldiers [and no, I did not know that either of those were proper nouns. "Nation" scares the crap out of me!].
All of this stuff, including a 2nd sticker, was inside a very heavy large envelope and well-packaged with a piece of cardboard the size of the certificate. The pin is, of course, of metal and is on a multi-fold piece of cardstock with a piece of cushy stuff inside to protect it.
All of this was sent first class according to the envelope. On one hand, I do appreciate this, but on the other, I think it is a complete waste of my (and your) tax dollars. I have no idea how many ex-soldiers got this or even if it was restricted to retirees (still tens of thousands), but it must have cost a fortune!
Honestly, I’ll be the judge of how much my nation appreciates my service! It’ll be reflected on various occasions, such as Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day among others. It’ll be reflected in how Congress votes on matters related to the military and war. It’ll be reflected in how the citizenry responds to those votes.
Considering the cost of this stuff and the expense of postage is probably very close to the annual "cost-of-living" increase in my retirement pay, well, personally I think the money could’ve been put to better use. You know, simple things like funding the Veterans Administration hospitals.
Maybe no one is paying attention to this unimportant little blog, or maybe they are and they’re trying to sway my opinion of their current bounty hunting tactics for recruitment.
Considering that you, my friends, and I, paid for this stuff I guess I won’t just trash it, but don’t count on seeing any of this stuff on my wall, my car, my backpack or myself.
And, honestly, the next time "you" want to thank a veteran for their service just walk up to them and say so, or drop a comment in their blog. Better yet, go volunteer some time at a VA Hospital. Donate some books to the hospital library or start one. Or just perhaps vote some of the criminals we call our "leaders" out of office so we have a few thousand less war veterans to care for in the 1st place.