Try to understand I am not whining for myself. I am fine. I do not regret one day in the military. It enabled me to go to college and get a MS geology. And a great career and secure retirement.<quoted text>
Did you or did you not choose to go to war?
If you were drafted, then you could chosen to apply to be considered a conscientious objector. But since you're an agnostic, that probably wouldn't have gotten you very far.
You could have done like some people--sought refuge in Canada or some other location.
You could have simply said, "No, I'm not going. I don't believe in war. I'm not going to voluntarily put myself in harm's way. I'm not going to pull a trigger and kill someone." You probably would have been put in prison.
But at every step of the way, you had a choice. You took a risk.
You're lucky to have gotten out with your life. Many didn't--on both sides of the war.
By the way, have I said anything about "dickless veterans"? I'm pretty sure I haven't.
I just don't understand how someone who has options--some aren't pleasant--can allow themselves to be forced to go to war. And I REALLY don't understand why someone would voluntarily go to war or join the military.
"Thou shalt not kill" is one of the "Big Ten" to us Christians.
Christ clearly told us to "turn the other cheek". He told us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
It baffles me as to how Christians can justify war--any war.
I understand you don't believe in God. That's fine. But you picked up a weapon and chose to fight against an "enemy"--people that your government told you was the "enemy".
Now you suffer because of your actions.
I don't wish for you to be in pain. But what else could you have expected? You knew that there were risks when you hopped a plane and fought in war.
I can respect you for many things. But I won't respect you because you were a warrior.
Try to understand I am outraged at your attitude about brave men and women with horrible injuries they suffered protecting your sorry ass.
They didn't volunteer to get maimed. They volunteered to protect your rights so among other things, you would be free to be gay.