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Don’t be One of Those ‘Entitled Veterans’ 4.45/5 (238)

Veteran’s Day is coming up this week. Surely you’ve got your Veteran’s Day plans all hammered out by now. You’re gonna hit up the donut and coffee shop for breakfast, then onto a few restaurants to keep you fat and happy throughout the day. Hell, your favorite bar might just be offering free drinks for you that night. That sounds like a solid plan right? It does, until someone doesn’t know about the promotion or that location isn’t participating for whatever reason.

Uh oh spaghetti-o, now its time to be a real prick and ensure that everyone there knows you served and they should be on their knees thanking you for your service right? No. Don’t do that. Either pay for the meal you ate, or find somewhere else to go without being a gigantic ass about it. Or, show some self-worth and respect and tip heavy so it’s clear that you appreciate the sentiment but you don’t need a handout–just some respect and thanks would be nice.

For a group of people that supposedly are tougher than all the “snowflakes,” veterans can be just as bad (hopefully this becomes less and less of a thing). When you really take a step back and think about all the reasons you chose to serve, was getting a free meal or having some demented form of hero worship take place in your honor on your mind? We’re hoping that it wasn’t.

We all love to get “freebies” but acting like a spoiled child harms the veteran community in the most egregious of ways. You’re supposed to have some bearing and discipline, act like it. We shouldn’t have to say it. Think of us as your battle buddy that will knock you out when you get too drunk. We do it because we care, we want you to not look like more of an idiot by getting uppity about people not thanking you for your service. By the way guys, so you don’t feel like someone owes it to you this weekend…

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Thank you for your service.  Now go have a good time and don’t be a jackass. Maybe the rest of the country can learn from the example and do the same.

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2 Comments

  1. Victor
    November 10, 2017 at 6:14 am — Reply

    Any group of people is going to have some that push the limit. Article just comes across to be a bit sanctimonious. Thanks for your service John.

  2. Claudine Covarrubias
    November 10, 2017 at 7:52 am — Reply

    I have the honor and privilege to work in the military post did I ever recall off anon post never really heard that situation but understand what you’re saying and thank you for saying what you said and think you’re serving our great country ♥️🙏🇺🇸

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John Fannin

John Fannin

John spent four years as a 0351, Infantry Assaulltman in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to the city of Ramadi, Iraq with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2008 John pursued a degree in Kinesiology from Texas Lutheran University. During his time at TLU, John was fortunate enough to play football for a year and serve the local community as a volunteer firefighter. After graduating John worked as a personal trainer for few years before coming to work at American Grit. John is also the proud owner of a great beard.