I am not a veteran. I am fascinated by veterans. I despise war and yet am enamored by the stories of heroism and sacrifice during war. Like many who find themselves supporting veterans in any capacity, two things become clear. First is that veterans are heterogeneous in almost every way-politics, religion, demographics, and core principles. I have met those for whom their service is a centerpiece of who they are and it still fills them with pride as much as 50 years later. I have met those for whom their service was compulsory and feel the theft of their youth. The idea of anyone speaking on behalf of”them” as a single unified group is offensive. …

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