I was just talking via PM with another poster on this board and that reminded me of this event that occured recently. Myself and two friends were out to a late dinner a few days ago. Nothing elaborate as we were sharing a large pizza in a local pizzareia and tho the place was rather small it was quite crowded. Both my friends are still in the military (one Army and one Air Force) and both are officers. They were both still in uniform as we were working late and in fact were on our way back to the base for an even later night's work. Naturally we were chatting about things military; their current situations and my past experiences, etc. Anyway, when it came time to pay the bill, the waitress simply told us "Your bill has already been taken care of. The gentleman who paid it said to make sure he had left before we told you, but he said to thank you for your service and that your dinner was compliments of "the old Navy SEALs". I am in awe of the attitude displayed by most citizens towards today's military and veterans. It is a far cry from those days when I was in my early twenties and came home from SE Asia to be called a "baby killing, war mongering pig". It makes me realize that it was all worth it, even if it did not appear to be at the time. It also makes me realize that, despite what we see in the media these days, the true heart of America carries on without the need for sanction by the political pundits, scatter brained entertainers, or even international approval. What a country!