It's nice that you promote your own personal freedoms Andy.
We must remember to promote them for all people as well...
Sorry we disagree - I wasn't promoting anything about my self. If anything I was encouraging that we need to appreciate those that gave up their lives for our freedoms. The Civil War was the saddest - had it gone the other way, maybe there would still be slavery until this day. Not too many people think about that - and our Nation would not have become one that fought for others freedoms around the world.
I never fought in any war battles, but many have:
my uncle, Jimmy fought in WWII in Germany as a bombardier - he never talked about it - but he did drink heavily, he died at 62.
One other friend, Noah - fought with the ground troops in Germany - he didn't give into the drink, or drugs - but he just didn't want to talk about his service. He passed on in the late 1980's - in his late 80's.
That was common for many men of the WWII generation - they preferred not to talk about it.
We need to honor those that died in battles of the past & respect those that served and are still living.
8,000 Veterans commit suicide each year - that's really sad, that's a disgrace!