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MILITARY: Veterans feel like second-class citizens

Letter by J.A. Milner, Spanaway on Nov. 10, 2010 at 11:51 am with No Comments »
November 12, 2010 2:45 pm

In a letter to the editor (11-10), a veteran’s wife told of lots of places that offer discounts to the “military,” yet only for active duty/active reserve.

Why are veterans exempted from these offers? A local restaurant on the “military discount” list refused to give me a discount because what I ordered was on “special.”

We gave up significant portions of our adult lives to do our duty to our country, yet we are not considered important enough to be included by these organizations that only honor “active” duty people.

This is kind of like a second slap in the face since many businesses don’t give Veterans Day off to their employees. Instead, many give the Friday after Thanksgiving off in lieu of Veterans Day.

So, my spouse (also a veteran) and I took a vacation day again, which we have earned, in order to be off from work on Veterans Day. But seeing the offices, banks and schools closed for Veterans Day while we had to pay for our time off was bittersweet.

Thanks, America, for making those who make this great country what it is feel like second-class citizens once again.

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