I am a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal recipient, so give me that respect. Respect that I know something about military service above and beyond some who haven’t been ordered to risk their lives in a hostile environment. That is all the respect I ask for and that is all anyone with my credentials deserves.
My service has been bought and paid for. Since the introduction of the all-volunteer force, all branches of the U.S. military are mercenary bands. That means that my military service doesn’t entitle me to automatic “patriot” status.