We still have homeless veterans - showing that the country DOES NOT respect its veterans appropriately.
We still have teens arranging, and "hundreds" attending indigent veterans' funerals, with press reports about it, while there are no press reports of the same teens and the same "hundreds" helping those veterans not to be alone, and not to die alone while they were still alive.
But, the veteran status is often used to advance political gains, protect people in power from accountability, or raise "politically correct" issues of the day.
For example, it is likely the respect to the veteran PA Judge Ronald Castille (former Philadelphia DA) that prevented him, despite his raging misconduct and "flagrant conflict of interest", from being taken off the bench and disbarred for his "role" in Williams v Pennsylvania, for
- having his office obtain a murder conviction, of a black man, Terrance Williams, for killing the perpetrator of sexual abuse upon him when he was a child, based on fraudulent testimony and based on hiding the Brady material from the defense;
- seeking and obtaining his death sentence,
- being elected based on the claims of "being tough on crime" and using that death sentence as a statistic that elected him to the bench, and then
- repeatedly - for 4 times, without a recusal, denying the man habeas corpus petitions, and in the last denial, lashing out at his defenders for doing their jobs.