Regardless of your feelings about the military, how civilians and veterans understand (or don’t understand) each other has an outsize (and often underappreciated) impact on our society. This is worth a read. From the VA official who sent it our way:
Over the years, I’ve probably had half a dozen non-military friends approach me to tell me about their feelings of guilt for not having served. Each time, I wave it off, saying it’s no big deal—that there’s nothing to feel guilty about. And there isn’t. But I know it can be a big deal for some people. (I imagine it might be same for civilian reporters who cover the military—even though, as we saw this week, that job is just as dangerous.) So it’s not often you hear a civilian—let alone a VA employee—talk about what it’s like to know, work with, and work for Veterans, while never having served him- or herself. The author of the piece below, Lauren Bailey, is one of my best friends and a colleague at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and she really put her heart into this. So I just wanted to pass along in the event you think your audience might be interested.