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Are Americans afraid of their combat veterans?
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Posted 4/17/13
No I'm not scarred of them, well unless they give me a reason to be (for the recorded none I have meet have ever given me any reason to be scarred). I have had the chance to get to know many vets coming back from the wars, and I have found them all to be nice upstanding citizens. I think it's sad that Americans don't do a better job of taking care of returning vets and I think it is something that needs to fixed.
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Just saw a road rage incident with a marine. Was disturbing.
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I'm going to use very broad terms, so don't take what I say too literally.

I sometimes feels like people are afraid of anything that's too deep, too dangerous, maybe too sad. Taking on topics like these is very daunting, and it's understandable to me.

When you meet someone new, and you tell them that you're a combat veteran, suddenly, the pressure is on them. Socially, you are to show respect to a veteran. You're to be kind to him. Once that expectation sets in, and a person realize what they have to do, what seems to be fear becomes tenacious with them.

I don;t think it's fear of you, though. It's fear that they won't live up to the standard that society has set. Maybe they don't think they can live up, that they can give you the respect that you deserve. All of this is a quite a load for your average person.

So they simple attempt to avoid the situation all together after contemplation, and they in turn, avoid you. I don't think they are afraid of you, they are afraid they can't respect you properly.
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ghostwarrior88 wrote:

I was a paratrooper for a month short of five years, been in more TIC's(Troops in Contact) than I can count with with a mathematician.


As an American I thank you for your service.
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Posted 5/19/13
I'll keep this short. I'm from the UK but I have nothing but respect, so thank you.
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Posted 5/19/13
Lets just say its wise to show them Great Respect
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In the United States the civilians are not really afraid of combat veterans. I find that we just want to make sure that they are OK and being taken care of. I have a brother that was in Iraq twice and he seems to be doing OK even though he saw his share of war, but others aren't so fortunate. I think there are some good programs out there that want to provide support for the troops returning home. PTSD is a sad thing and it is for real for a lot of people.
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Closed due to inactivity. Its been over 6 months and no new posts. Locked.
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