Now before anyone decides to get angry at me for such a seemingly offensive title, one is going to have to have the decency to at least read the rest of this post. I do not write this blog post with the intention to disrespect or offend veterans. I have no intention of disrespecting their selfless sacrifice to the country they love. This post is simply a reminder to the veteran community that while your sacrifices were noble and just, the stark reality is that, as far as the rest of the United States is concerned, you’re nothing more than a necessary evil at best, and at worst, you’re what they consider to be part of the problem in America. If one were to tell me to my face that the United States truly cares about its veteran community, I wouldn’t get angry, nor would I be offended. I would simply ask them to prove it. From what I regularly see, this is not the case at all when you see how many veterans end up homeless or unable to find meaningful work. This blog will hopefully slap you veterans in the face with some reality so that you may actually realize that no one will help you. You’re on your own whether you like it or not and you better get tough and get smart. This dying country is all too eager to leave you behind in favor of those who seek this country’s destruction. Let me attempt to persuade you with a couple of hard-hitting facts that should convince you that the veteran community is not in the hearts and minds of the general public and that discussing your veteran’s status in public is not always in your best interests. The fact is, as far as most of the civilian population is concerned, your veteran status is meaningless and you’re just showing off when you tell them that you’re a veteran, so it would be in your best interests to keep your mouth shut and use common sense when navigating real life. So without getting further off topic, let’s get to the discussion at hand.
Finding/Keeping a job can possibly become more difficult
Depending on which town, city, or state you reside in, finding a job in this already difficult climate can become even harder for the veteran. There is honestly no need to mention your veteran status if you wish to get work. Future employers will think of the mere mention of veteran’s status as nothing more than a way to gain their sympathy or an attempt to impress them. Neither will happen even if your employer was a veteran themselves. In many cases, the veteran employer will simply pretend to care. If he/she simply doesn’t like you, just like with civilians, they will not hire you regardless of common interests or experiences. If they do hire you, depending on your state’s work policies, you could be thrown out before the probation period is over for whatever reason. In a state with an At-Will work policy, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been at the job. The managers can throw you out of a job for anything they want and they don’t even have to disclose the reasons. While there may be ways to work around At Will employment policies, you don’t ultimately know what kind of a person you work for. Let’s say you’re a veteran, but your employer is an Anti-American, gun control believing, bleeding heart liberal whose wet dream is to make life difficult for any person he or she hires that has served their country. In many blue states, veteran’s status has the possibility of actually blacklisting you from jobs that you would otherwise be able to obtain if they are anti-American enough. Whether you like it or not, as long as you work for this employer, you must do what they say. The only time you should EVER mention veteran status in the workplace is when it pertains to the job you’re seeking or the application you’re signing asks for a number of years of employment where the time of service falls into. From personal experience, even the mention of veteran status on your resume can result in you doing all the undesirable work and not going home at the same time as other non-veteran employees, which brings me to my next point.
Everyone Will Try To Use Your Veteran’s Status Against You
Some of you may think this is hard to believe, but it’s entirely true in many cases. You may encounter the micromanaging boss or supervisor that, upon discovery of your veteran’s status, will make you do the more difficult tasks and keep you at work longer for less pay than your co-workers. This may fall under discrimination, but if you try to say anything, they’ll just terminate you anyway (*cough At-Will Employment *cough). In a job market that favors the employers over employees, many employers will simply try to prove you’re not as strong, brave, or resilient as you actually are by making life more difficult for you. They can sometimes taunt you with your veteran’s status with phrases such as “You went to war. You can do this really difficult job or stay the extra hours with no pay.” Now you would probably say to yourself that you have too much self-respect to let that happen, and if you’ve made a habit of saving money to pay for necessities in case you encounter such employers, quitting would be a reasonable option. Unfortunately many don’t save money. In those cases, they may feel like that employer may have you by your balls and you’ll be stuck doing all the difficult work.
This sort of abuse isn’t limited to employers. Anyone else who catches wind of your veteran’s status may use it to challenge you to perform various stupid or difficult tasks. They will make every attempt to use your ego against you. If you refuse to perform said tasks or give in to their demands, they will attempt to shame you by either saying that being a veteran is not really a big deal at all or that you were never really a veteran in the first place.
Fake charity groups might use your veteran’s status as a form of sympathy in order to extort money from you to give to their charity. Many other salesmen or marketing types may try to do the same to buy their products or services by trying to sympathize with your feelings about veterans.
Going around telling people you’re a veteran can be the worst thing you can do because now you’ve alienated yourself from any normal discussion with other people. You will always be known as “the veteran” or the “marine/army/air force/navy guy/girl”. You are no longer a normal person in the eyes of the public. If you’re not a 7-foot tall guy with a crew cut who is built like a professional wrestler, expect to have people question your service. That also includes other service members who might accuse you of stolen valor simply to make themselves look like good guys. The most people will do in many instances is use some overused catchphrase like that god awful “Thank you for your Service” line which is more for their own feel-good vibes than it was for the veteran. Using that catchphrase is a lot like saying “My Thoughts and Prayers” whenever a tragedy occurs. Every veteran with an ounce of common sense knows the person uttering it doesn’t care about their service. Don’t even get me started on the people who will try to compare your military branch with that of another branch. Some will say if you joined the Marines, you’re too dumb for the Army/Air Force/Navy and others will ridicule you with homophobic slurs if they found out you were in the Navy. How about the people who tell you how much of a coward you were for joining the Air Force or the Coast Guard because they thought you weren’t strong enough for the Marines? Be mindful of who you talk to when you reveal your veteran’s status or it will catch up with you in the worst way possible.
The fault doesn’t completely lie with them either. Running around telling people you’re a veteran all the time is honestly just showing off. No one likes a show-off. If you try to always bring up your veteran’s status, you will remind people of Al Bundy reminiscing about high school football. If you can’t grasp what I’m saying, let me try to explain it as plainly as possible. Think about that guy who always has to bring up the fact that he screws this girl or slept with that girl. Whether it is true or not is irrelevant. The fact is no one cares about that guy because he always wants to make the conversation about himself. If you do that with your veteran’s status, you deserve to be ridiculed and treated with disrespect. You disrespected your co-workers, friends, family, and anyone else who either didn’t serve or served and wish to keep it under wraps by posturing about how you’re suddenly better than others simply because at one point in your life you might’ve done something awesome. Maybe you didn’t do anything awesome at all while you were in the military. No one knows your story, but even if you were a super soldier, the least you could do is keep your mouth shut about it because you put your pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else and everyone bleeds. This brings me to my final point about this subject which will be discussed next.
Not all Veterans are Good People
We all wish to believe that every veteran or service member is a paragon of virtue. The American public wants to believe that the soldiers, marines, sailors and air force all come from the highest stock humanity has to offer. The reality is this simply is not true. Veterans are people and people are flawed. Some veterans may actually try to challenge your status by claiming they’ve done more while in service than you and try to manipulate you into doing what they want by using your sympathy against you, so letting someone know you’re a veteran without it being absolutely necessary can cost you your time, money and in some rare cases, even your life. Some people honestly didn’t deserve to wear the uniform at all and skated by through conformity while others were dishonorably discharged but conveniently leave that part out. The point is, you simply can’t trust and won’t like every person who is a veteran. Hell, I’m sure you remember plenty of people you didn’t like at all who served in your unit at some point or another.
Anyhow, that is all I have for today. Despite the fact that being a veteran is a courageous and honorable thing to be, it’s best to simply remember it instead of constantly broadcasting it to the world. While many may listen, the fact is, sometimes, the wrong people are the ones who are listening. There is nothing wrong with being a veteran, but even within your own country, you must always watch your six. May you all find what you’re looking for in the Solitary Pathway of life.