Veterans: Are They Recognized Enough for Their Service?


Servicemen and women of various branches salute our flag.

Everyday servicemen and women fight for our freedom and to keep us safe from harm. It is extremely important to recognize these brave and selfless people.

All veterans, active duty personnel, and those who have lost their lives fighting should be recognized for their service. About 1.4 million people currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, and they all should be respected and recognized for their service.

They are acknowledged in many ways such as: appreciation celebrations, sporting events, and holidays. But is this enough? I asked Mr. Raymond Ruhlmann, a teacher and veteran, about this concept, “Veterans generally appreciate hearing ‘thank you for your service,’ although like many such social conventions it can come across as a bit of a cliché. Still appreciate it though.” Coming from a veteran, we non-military members are able to understand what it’s like to receive this tribute. 

Perhaps the most well-known holiday to celebrate veterans is Veterans Day which is celebrated on November 11th every year. This holiday resides on this day to commemorate the armistice of 1918 on which the major hostilities of World War 1 were ended.

Veterans have also had a history of disrespect. After returning home, many vets were despised for serving in Vietnam. They were called names such as “baby killers,” and were spat on. These men should have been appreciated for their service regardless of the circumstances. Many who fought were drafted, therefore having no choice but to serve.

As time passed since the Vietnam War veterans have gained more appreciation. Following the events of 9/11 and the war against terrorism there has been a surge in appreciation.

Some servicemen and women are awarded for extreme acts of bravery and loyalty in the line of duty. There are many medals and other awards presented to those who acted above and beyond in their service to our country. Some of these people sacrificed their well-being and sometimes even their lives for those whom they may not even know, and for this they should be recognized.

Not only should veterans, active duty members, and those in the reserves be recognized but their families. They have supported the members of the armed forces in their decision to join and throughout their whole journey as a member of one of the most powerful militaries in the world. They deserve a great amount of respect too