Today, Applebee's was giving free meals to all Vets and active duty service members. I invited a male Veteran friend to come to lunch with my husband and me. When we walked in it was pretty crowded. I told the hostess that there were 3 of us. A man came in behind us and the hostess asked him is he was there for Vet meal . I walked up to her and told her that I was not asked if we were there for the Vet meal. She asked me if either of the 2 men I was with were Vets. I said I am a Vet and yes one of the men is also a Vet. OH. When my name was called, we were brought to a table, we sat, and menus were put down, the Vet menus were put in front of the men, so I moved one in front of me. The girl who seated us just said OH....When the waiter came, he asked the 2 men if they were going to order from the Vet menu or the regular menu. He asked to see my friend's military ID. My husband said he was going to order from the regular menu since he was not a Vet. At this point, the waiter looked very confused. Then he asked me what I was going to order from the regular menu..and I said "I am ordering from the Vet menu" he looked more confused and asked for my ID...I gave him my DD214 ( discharge type papers) and placed my order. He too said OH
My military service is one of the few things that I am extremely proud of. It really hurts my feelings when I am not recognized for the time that other women and I have given to our country. We are just as important to the military as the men are and we deserve just as much recognition as the men do.
So, Happy Veteran's Day to all the women!