Monday, June 25, 2012

More Signs of the Times: Broke Army Veteran Sells his Medal on eBay

When I read the following story I flashed back to a time when veterans threw their medals away in protest against the Vietnam War.

The fact that a veteran today could sell one medal for five grand is truly surprising to me.

I think most Americans are ashamed of how hard our returning veterans lives are after they become civilians. It seems to me the bidders were more interested in helping Shepard than in collecting medals.

“I did it out of desperation and frustration,” Shephard, 43, from Woodbury, N.J, told Fox 29. “It was a last resort.”

Shepard’s old Sgt. gave him flack about disgracing his medal. He didn’t disgrace anything. He utilized what survival skills the Army taught him, and got enough money together to start a business and feed his family.

It’s a shame he had to resort to it, that all the other possibilities for help were exhausted, but it was the right thing to do. I don’t give a damn what anyone else says about Shepard’s actions. If I had a chance to talk to him I’d say, “Good job bro. You got your priorities straight!”

An out-of-work veteran has found an enterprising means of supporting his family and starting a new business: selling his Army medal. It went for $5,200 on eBay today, skyrocketing from $2,000 a few hours earlier, My Fox Washington reports.”  via the Street

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