They get shipped off to God knows where.
They get substandard food, substandard pay, crowded housing.
The media maligns them. Celebrities like Jane Fonda malign them. Assholes like John Kerry lie about them in front of Congress ("Oh, I guess the atrocities I said I witnessed first hand and participated in were all, uh, stories I heard someone else say").
Congress votes down pay increases for them while voting for raises for themselves. Congress votes to send them to risk their lives while voting down funding to give them the best equipment possible while they're out there with their asses on the line.
But they're still out there, doing their job, risking their lives, and happy to do it so that civilians don't have to.
Ed, Chris, Larry, Teech, Gregg and John: Thank you for your outstanding integrity, dedication and sacrifice.
Want to know what you can do to show your support of our troops risking their lives out there this past Veterans' Day?
AnySoldier.us tells you how you can send care packages to those men and women out in the field who don't get goodies from home. A few packs of chewing gum, a couple bottles of Tabasco (you can eat anything, no matter how disgusting, if you have enough Tabasco to drown it in), a paperback or two and a note of appreciation can make a world of difference.
And while you're thinking warm thoughts of men who have sacrificed everything for your freedoms:
John had a bracelet with the name of a POW/MIA named Leon Hunt. It has since been determined that Staff Sergeant Hunt's aircraft went down over the Thua Thien-Hue Province. His crash site, remains, and personal effects have since been recovered. Leon will always be in our prayers.
Here is a list of the 1892 soldiers still unaccounted for, by state. Adopt one to care about today.