Comments on: Testimony Meeting in New Guinea Where our past is never very long ago Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:32:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Julia Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:34:49 +0000 I have known a lot of men whose testimonies became “rock solid” during their time in the war. I sometimes think that our current “all volunteer” military actually does us, as a society, a disservice.

My husband gets invited to come to a lot of celebrations and events for Veteran’s Day celebrations, because there are not that many men under 50 that have served in the military. That is true for the community in general, but even more, in the LDS community.

I know some communities that have bases or VA hospitals have more service members than areas, but even there, I had to fight to take the scouts to the national guard base. (A number of the parents thought taking their sons to the base would make it so they wouldn’t go on missions if they were exposed to “military culture.” I won that round, with he bishops support.)

However, I have seen other blatant examples like that, and more subtle jibes like making snarky comments about Disabled Vet license plates on someone in their 30s, whose disability is not obvious. Comments about it not being fair the soldiers can retire after 20 years and have healthcare for life.

I get frustrated with people praising the military, who would never let their own children join the “volunteer” military. Those who are not part of the communities of military extended families, and close friends, there seems to not understand the depths of the sacrifice of the service members and their families. They praise them as defenders of freedom, but many of their families are on food stamps, and we have underfunded the VA for years.

Sorry for the thread jack (although it isn’t really a thread) but the more I read about the military before the “all volunteer” policies were put in place. Sure, there were ways to use money and influence to get out of being a soldier, but with the draft plus volunteer system, everyone who wanted to be part of the military could choose where to serve, but everyone else still had the chance of serving in times of military need. So much of the stress and pain military families with multiple deployments, if the system involved more people.