I don't think that my National Service entitles me to anything. It interrupted my career, and although I believe it taught me discipline I spent most of the time in "School" learning Survey. I don't think anyone such as me is really interested in a lapel badge. Had I been on active service, and put my life at risk such as in Iraq that would be different. However the nearest I got was the Suez debacle. I don't think anyone was proud of that.
Even British forces are supported well by the USA. My son was recently over there and all were given passes that entitled them to free entrance to all major attractions (Disney, Sea World, Busch Gardens, etc.) and many smaller ones, plus cheap/free meals/snacks and local travel. The American airlines upgraded them all on both internal and external flights when they found they were servicemen/women.
Apparently this treatment is `standard` for all coalition forces if they visit the USA. Pity our country fails to recognise the service performed by these people.
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