Veterans Day letter to the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present

In May of 2004, I wrote a column on Memorial Day expressing gratitude for those in the U.S. Armed Forces. Much of it also applies for today, Veterans Day:

Dear United States Armed Forces,

Not wanting the current distractions and finger pointing to be misconstrued as a genuine lack of appreciation by the American people, we thought it necessary to offer you a quick note of “thanks.” You’ve always been there for us, protecting our nation, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and all while asking nothing in return. This makes you the only exception to the “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is” rule.

Thanks to you and your predecessors, we’re free. Throughout our history, you’ve fought for, and won, independence. You’ve helped put an end to slavery, oppression, genocide and all manner of craziness put forth by every spiral-eyed deranged dictator and tin-pot wanker on the planet.

You can be sent to fight in some of the biggest dung-heap, dirt-bucket and generally scummy areas on the face of the earth – places that make a septic tank look like the Presidential Suite at the Bellagio. You perform tasks – from the incredibly dangerous to the intolerably mundane – without complaint or plea for recognition.

You’re often called upon to take on unhinged nut cases – the aberrant likes of whom may make you long for the domestic stability of Courtney Love and Terrell Owens – and dive head first into a big bowl of “Crackpot Bouillabaisse” against knee-jerk fascists, totalitarian fist wavers and nut cases engaged in a fierce game of “Virgin-Quest.” All this is offset by the lousy pay.

What must make it even more difficult is that, on top of all this, you endure harsh domestic criticism from people who have no idea what they’re talking about. Those who constantly bash the military but yet enjoy all this country’s benefits are nothing but freedom’s welfare recipients.

The Hollywood left is almost as famous for this as they are for their movie roles.

Don’t worry too much about all those actors you see criticizing you and /or your bosses. Career actors do a lot of protesting, but it’s not their reason for living. They’re good at whining, but still, it’s just something they do between films.

The Hollywood left stays here because good acting gigs are much harder to come by in socialist or communist countries. They can whine about this nation from Malibu, while making millions acting and directing. Or they could chastise and belittle the United States from China, while earning 75 Yuan a week for playing the lead in “If They Could See Me Mao” at the Wuhan Community Playhouse.

The freedom to make lots of money trumps any urge to actually be dumb enough to live in a country that practices what they preach.

Despite the recent distractions, know that your work and sacrifice are deeply appreciated. Not a day goes by when Americans don’t take some time to remember those who give everything so others can have everything – those of you who are, and have been in, what can be the most horrific and violent, and yet noble and compassionate, of professions: the U.S. Armed Forces.


Citizens of the United States of America (even the ones who don’t realize that you’re one of the reasons they’re free to protest what you do)


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