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Subject:  Re: RE Veterans Date:  7/13/2001  6:09 PM
Author:  FlyingCircus Number:  45357 of 876054

It's not charity. Vets have earned it.

Isn't this really another example of how charity and welfare is in the eye of the beholder? Everyone, everywhere, from the CEO of the largest
corporation to the poorest single parent, believes that what they receive from the government is their due. And in almost every case, they come
up with a substantial argument that shows how the rest of us will be better off if they get that money.

UncaMikey by inference here puts veterans in a pool with every other interest group, and sets up an extreme example as a straw man to prove the point.

As the DDay reply to this post more directly points out, we cannot draw comparisons between veterans (and their spouses) and any other group. Veterans of any service, especially combat service, need to be treated as an elite group of rare individuals who were willing to sacrifice themselves for their country - yes this is a generalization, but fair. Not many people, myself included, can claim that as a character trait. Of course some vets will get preferential treatment without really earning it - so does every group.

But in general, they're the ones who put themselves out there to protect the freedom the rest of us have to, among living the way we do, post whatever (increasing) drivel we want to on message boards. If there's any special interest group that deserves a benefit, they're it.

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