Too many veterans are taking their cues from Hollywood. Movies typecast veterans as ticking time bombs, crazed, damaged, and broken people who are ready to explode in a violent rage at the slightest provocation. No one ever makes a movie about the veteran entrepreneur helping other vets. No one ever talks about the innovations and assets veterans have provided to society. All anyone seems to be able to focus on is the “movie version” of veterans.
The running joke in the SOF communities is the last hard BRC/BUD’s/ITC/Q-Course was the one you graduated from. It seems the older generation in communities always like to point down at the younger generation at how much easier they have it.
I learned a valuable lesson while sitting on the flight line in Jalalabad, Afghanistan waiting on a helicopter that never arrived: always have a clear extraction plan.