Recently, I came across an incident where a woman insulted a veteran at a restaurant—but the most interesting part was how he responded. When I first heard this story, it touched me and at the same time surprised me for the fact that we often forget the people who the most for us than anybody else can do, and still instead of showing gratitude some people take them for granted.
For instance, how much cost can you assign to a man who risks his life for your country and for you? Neither money nor words are sufficient enough to show our gratitude to these people; the veterans. Not everyone realizes that.
This is what happened—A vet walked in a restaurant. And while purchasing meal he asked if the restaurant offers a military discount, in a very polite way. But all of a sudden, a woman behind him exclaimed, “That is so rude!”
“You are asking for privileges just because you are in the military,” she accused.
Baffled, the vet explained that it was a discount, not a privilege.
“The privilege is when you get to go home every night to your family, some people sacrifice their privileges so that people like you can have them.”
The people in the restaurant were also not happy with the woman insulting a veteran, so a woman behind him in the row came forward and offered to let her pay the bill. But, the manager in the restaurant was aware of the incident didn’t just give the discount, but also offered the meal for free to the vet as a way to thank the veteran.
You can watch the whole scene playing out here:
The situation resolved itself quickly, but still, the question remains. Is this the way we should make veterans feel for risking their quality life and staying away from their families? Certainly not.
“A man who is good enough to shed his blood is good enough to be given a square deal afterward.”