I 1000% Agree With This New Jersey Veteran’s Disturbing Complaint
I met a man named Tony P. from Bayonne who had a complaint I think all should hear.
Here's what he had to say:
"I have a complaint. I am a retired veteran and recently went to visit Ocean Grove Beach last weekend. I was shocked to find out that they do not allow retired veterans free beach access. They do, however, allow active veterans free beach access which I have no problem with. But I served for over 20 years and should be given the same preferences."
How does someone with 20+ years of service under their belt not receive the same perks as someone currently serving?
Tony has a very valid point.
Real Quick: Here's the difference between active military, non-active military and retired veterans:
Active Military: They are currently serving our country as we speak.
Non-Active Military: They are not currently enlisted but could be called back to serve if their country needs them as long as they are 55 years old and younger. They have served for 20 years or less.
Retired Veteran: They have served our country for at least 20 years and can no longer be called back to the military.
Personally, I don't think this break down really matters when we are talking about beach access.
If they have served or are currently serving our country, they should be given free beach access without any hassle. This is a very simple way to start to say thank you for all they have sacrificed.
First of all -- would we even be able to enjoy our Jersey Shore beaches if veterans didn't fight for our freedom?
May I also add that our military members and veterans have had to see, hear and experience horrific things that no person should ever have to be exposed to.
They don't return as the same people who were deployed which means they basically sacrifice themselves for the good of the majority.
People have come back with debilitating injuries and suffer from PTSD -- both of which can make it extremely difficult to return to civilian life.
Don't underestimate what our military and veterans go through to keep you safe.
The LEAST we can do is give them free beach access when they return home. This should only be the start when it comes to us thanking them for their service.
Tony, I am so sorry you had this experience. Your time spent serving your country matters and does not go unnoticed. But I do thank you for being brave enough to come forward on this.
So Thank You!
Our military members and veterans deserve love and some of the biggest thank you's you've ever given.
And let's just think about this....where would we be without them?