"We live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. .........You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. ...And [their] existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post."
Truer words were never spoken.
You don't have to agree with the war to appreciate what our men and women in uniform have provided to this country. My grandfather marched with Patton's army through Europe, and some days I wish I would have served my country in a similar way. I say thank you to every soldier I can, and I'm always happy to buy them a beer. I'm sorry to hear about your friend, but I am thankful for the job he did.