My husband is 81 and was in the service at the end of the Korean War, between it and Vietnam. He wears a Korea Veteran cap everywhere. People shake his hand and thank him for his service all the time. Stores give him free stuff or money off of his purchases. It goes on and on. He has asked me several times why they honor him now when they spit on him back then.
???? I am 80, I was 14 when Korea ended, how did he get to go to Korea at 15?
They honor him now because they are not the same as the zero-morals idiots that spit on him then. Now, the Internet has pushed the lies of the main-stream media aside and the American people can see the truth.
I'm a VietNam vet, also. I've always thought that those who spit back then are not the ones thanking us now.
I know that three of them don't have teeth anymore.
Maybe he should not look a gift horse in the mouth. Better late than never, especially when you were talking about a seachange in public attitudes.
My father was in the Navy between Korea and Vietnam, and he had a lot of his boyhood friends in the Korean war itself. He was extremely upset at how people in the late 60s and early 70s treated our soldiers and our vets, but toward the end of his life he was grateful that the public at large had learned that the prior attitude was 100% wrong..
It's not the same "they".
"Spit on" is another old cliche' I detest. WW-II and the Korean vets were never disrespected and instead were honored.
I would ask him why he wears his Korea cap if not for all the free stuff that people are giving him? I prefer to remain anonymous in my military service......I ask for nothing and I expect nothing.