Whatever you want to call it, just please don't tell veterans you can "imagine what they've been through". Someone asked me about Iraq and Afghanistan yesterday and then proceeded to tell me he could imagine how tough it was. I got a little angry and told him he could not ever f$@&! imagine it...I felt bad after...he didn't mean it that way. Anyways, I ate a bunch of free food all day so that was nice.
I feel you on that one, brother. However I gotta maintain that good ol military bearing, so to speak. Just always keep it in the back of your mind that these people genuinely do want the best for you, and other veterans. I know it gets hard when when you see how society nearly forgets the wars it asks it's young men and women to fight, but this is the price we pay when people are granted the freedom not to have to fight the wars that it's society embarks upon.