So this topic is going to get a bit touchy to say the least, but in another topic I touched upon an idea that I’ve been giving a great deal of thought. Firing a member of the military, specifically person who has served on one or more combat missions, is effectively no different than anyone else getting fired. Now we may feel they deserve better given that they have sacrificed a whole lot for their country, and because we tend to view them as heroes (and you won’t see me questioning that status in this thread).
However the effect of being let go, downsized, fired whatever you would like to call it is no different for a member of the armed forces than anyone else being let go from their job. They suddenly no longer have a job, or an income making it harder to pay the bills and/or support their family. As far as I can tell there is no extra set of special circumstances (other than the way the rest of us feel about it) that comes with being let go from the armed forces as opposed to any other position.
So what do you guys think? Am I correct or is there an element I’m missing in terms of what one goes through when they get let go from the armed forces?