Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Best Medicine For A Vet Is The Company Of Another Vet

Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Elisa Borah, The Conversation: Sometimes the best medicine for a veteran is the company of another veteran

Many take time on Memorial Day to remember the Americans who have given their lives in service to our country.

For veterans and their families, that sentiment of remembrance is felt year-round. Many veterans suffer lifelong anguish over the loss of their brothers and sisters in arms. For them, Memorial Day is a day like every other day – a day they remember those who died at war.

This shared grief is just one way some veterans are affected by their military service. Veterans are also molded by military culture – a unique set of values, traditions, language and even humor. Military culture has unique subcultures, but it has enough consistency across different branches, ranks and time periods to make most veterans feel a kinship.

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WNU Editor: I can personally identify with this. Growing up my father's bess friends were his fellow veterans. They would always get together on Saturday, my mom would make supper, and after supper they would play cards, drink, and talk about everything .... politics, the war, fallen comrades .... till one or two in the morning. When my parents immigrated to Canada in the 1990s .... he quickly met fellow veterans here .... Russian emigrants who had a chance to escape to the West after the war, and with two retired U.S. Navy SEALs who served in Vietnam. Same story .... food, drink, and talk.

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