I can only speak for myself; I DO respect the veterans. I have family members that are/were on disability for issues related to service...including bullet holes from being shot down over enemy territory and a member (thankfully who lived)of the Bataan Death March.
Txdeb...my response wasn't meant for you, it was for sstontx....
I've sang a long to it too, but he felt strongly enough to send the lyrics to the management and like I said it was their decision. It's one song and there are many other patriotic songs to choose from.
Like I've said before, some people will argue with a brick wall.
This is one of the most misinterpreted songs ever. Most people thought it was a patriotic song about American pride, when it actually cast a shameful eye on how America treated its Vietnam veterans. Springsteen considers it one of his best songs, but it bothers him that it is so widely misinterpreted. With the rollicking rhythm, enthusiastic chorus, and patriotic album cover, it is easy to think this has more to do with American pride than Vietnam shame.
I know that war changes people and even if you are lucky enough to have no physical injuries and get home safely to your family, your heart will be scarred forever. You will bring home painful memories that only another vet can understand and you will live with that pain forever.
Yes, I think veterans may be more patriotic than the rest of us and feel that patriotism and love for America more strongly in their hearts than we do.
No matter how much I love this country, I do not know and never will know what it is like to lay down my life or fight for this country. I will never know the kind of courage that it takes to fight that fight.