If you’re one of those dudes who goes from restaurant to restaurant on Veteran’s Day to get free chow or one of those who is indignant when you don’t get 10% off because you have a CAC card — go choke yourself. Has over a decade of war created some sense of entitled “Vet Privilege?” Many folks think so. Today’s guest op-ed is from a combat veteran (yes, we vetted him) who runs a small tactical/firearms business in the Midwest. Because of the tomfuckery this opinion (which many of us agree with) will generate we have had to leave him anonymous.
We’ll call him Jack Benteen; if you really want to talk to him, drop by Nancy’s Squat’n’Gobble for some biscuits & gravy and a lapdance. He’ll prob’ly be there. Just keep in mind, we’re talking about veterans who feel entitled to more than what they’re really entitled to, if that make sense. You already get your own home loans and the right to be labeled a protected veteran; quit asking for half off your tactical tidbits too.
The Veteran Discount
I would have to say the absolute worst customers I have are military veterans. I am sorry that is how it is, but they are. I am writing this piece to vent my frustrations about the entitlement attitude of today’s veterans. I own a small business where the profit margins are minimal and if I gave the standard military discount I would have to close my doors. It is that simple.
Let’s address the entitled veteran. It seem almost impossible to not see a story where a so called veteran has been slighted in some way. I use the term veteran because that seems to be the nomenclature used for everyone who spent a solitary week at basic to those who recently started wearing the dysfunctional/disabled/combat/cold war/Vietnam/OEF/OIF/DD214 hats. On my own Facebook feed there was an uproar because someone didn’t get their Home Depot discount after producing an expired VA identification card. Sorry kid, that girl was following their policies and your card was expired.
You know what doesn’t expire….a DD214.
You know what else? You are not entitled to a discount. Only the U.S. government owes you something, if that. Has anyone ever seen the line at Golden Corral on Veteran’s Day? It is embarrassing to see all those “veterans” standing in line for a cheap meal. Take some pride in yourself. Guess what, Golden Corral doesn’t owe you anything either but my guess is if Golden Corral stopped offering the inexpensive Veteran’s Day meal there would be a major uproar about how they are all commie bastards or don’t support the troops or some shit like that.
Here are a few are things you are not entitled to; leniency for traffic violations, free movie tickets, free shit because you have the “I got deployed to Kuwait/UAE/Egypt flag”, and – here’s the most significant thing – you are most certainly not exempt from the consequences of your actions because of your prior service.
Almost every major retail corporation offers a veteran discount. This is commendable but not required. This is exceptional on their part and should be appreciated, but to reiterate, not required. Small businesses like mine and many others cannot do that. I wholeheartedly wish I could, trust me I love soldiers. They are my favorite people in the world. If you think you are entitled to a 10% product discount because you served then am I not also entitled to keep that same 10% because I served too?
I give discounts in my store when I can. They usually go to the guys who don’t ask. It is not much, I make some money and they save a little. Furthermore, I do not tell them, I just drop the price at check out. They are not throwing the vet card out looking for attention and I am not kissing their ass for business.
The entitlement generation of veterans is absolutely nauseating. The frauds, the entitled self-righteous and those working the system are sickening. Now, before anyone flies off the handle telling me how unappreciative I am for their service and sacrifice, and blah, blah, blah, know this: I’ve been to a couple of wars. I have seen more combat than some and less than others. I’ve been a troop and led troops. I understand who they are and what they’ve done.
Just remember when you ask for a discount, especially from a veteran-owned business, you are taking money from another vet’s pocket.
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