While I agree that the troops deserve respect, and I know I risk getting slammed here, I am not a fan of the glorification of the military. It is necessary that we have one, but I’m sorry they are used far too often for unjust ends. Since World War II, we haven’t really had much in the way of justifiable war. Too often, we invade places we shouldn’t for reasons that are not the defense of the nation from attack. Moreover, with a completely professional army, we have created a separate class of people who have little to do with the rest of the country. In the earliest days of the US, all able-bodied men were required to be part of a militia, much like Switzerland’s system. I’m beginning to think this was a wiser system than all-professional. Professional military go into it for a multitude of reasons, not all of which are “service.” For many, it’s all about career or getting skills to use in another job, or for some, just because they like blowing stuff up (one vet said this in an interview when asked why he had signed up). My pint isn’t that the military is bad…. just that the glorification of it is not always good. Last thing: we often forget that there are other equally valid and important ways to serve that don’t involve war. Teaching is one of the most important, for example.