I never served in the military. While my father was a veteran (WWII), and my brother served in the reserves, I didn’t find the time to serve. When I graduated from college, a married and went straight into medical school. After four years, I found myself looking at a minimum of five years of residency. After that (and two children), it was time to start practice. Also, at age 35, I was a little “long in the tooth” to be starting basic training.
Having said all that, I must emphasize that I have nothing but the highest respect for the young men and women who do enlist, as well as their spouses and children. They are the ones who are taking time out of their lives, (as well as potentially risking them), and taking time away from their families for the rest of us. I feel that they deserve all our praise and support.
For many years I have made it a practice of offering a “military discount” to all veteran patients and the spouses of active duty service members. I think it is the least I can do to demonstrate my support for their service. While I understand it is only a small gesture, it has always been well-received in the spirit it was offered, and I am honored to be able to do this for these remarkable people.