Being a veteran meant such that pride in years past but in the post-modern world we live in of high tech that no one could have conceived in even just 20 years ago. Something changed... on September the 11th, 2001 terror struck American soil for the first time. Since that date, 20 years have passed now with many severely wounded troops, high veteran suicide, and basic ambivalence of civil divide that brings more news to the press than the sacrifice, and hell, many vets have had to face that was never seen in generations past. Being a veteran these days seems to not be as important as to whether boys who want to be girls' can use girls' restrooms. The trivial, senseless divide that threatens this country is our biggest threat and the veterans...well, they are not the heroes they used to be so maybe we should take a break from all the vitriol and hate and remember why we are safe and put real faces next to the real names of real heroes...the American Veteran.