No civilian knows or understands the sacrifice or life of a military member better than a fellow veteran. I have served with and remember some that have served with me in Vietnam and cherish memories. Some did not make it back and others came back affected for life.
Not a day goes by that I do not reflect on my service and wonder how our federal government in all its wisdom can bicker about helping any veteran that has served. I think that without our military and the men/women that serve we would not have a nation, period.