Double amputee Marine veteran Joey Jones mocked author Warren Blumenfeld, on “Fox & Friends” Monday, for wanting to change the definition of the word veteran to include diplomats and conflict resolution activists.
“Can we as a nation begin now to consider expanding the category of ‘veteran’ to include the diplomats and the mediators, those working in conflict resolution and activists dedicated to preventing wars and to bringing existing wars to diplomatic resolution once they have begun?” Blumenfeld wrote in LGBTQ Nation Saturday.
Co-host Steve Doocy asked Jones to comment on the article and the veteran said the saga was almost comical. (RELATED: Double Amputee Veteran Dies While Paddle Boarding)
“It’s almost laughable, isn’t it?” Jones replied. “If you need a title, a pat on the back for your hard work that you choose to do by all means, take it. Run with it. I don’t need the discount at Starbucks. I don’t need the discount at Walmart.”
“What’s important here to understanding is that as a country, we choose this term and we choose this reverence for the term for the simple fact that these men and women, these G.I. Joes, G.I. Janes — they’re regular people. They didn’t go to private school … They chose to serve their country and they chose to do something that transcends these tit-for-tat politics that we play here in this country sometimes.”
Jones said veterans risk their lives in the face of evil and then declared their work a matter of life or death.
“They put their lives on the line for people that wanted to do us harm and more importantly wanted to do them harm. This was a life or death choice,” he said. “Men or women who are memorialized in granite or marble are usually buried six feet under it as well.”
“This term veteran is something that’s small but it’s a big sentiment and it’s something we choose to do as a country,” Jones added.
“We don’t institute it or make it something that you have to do when you talk about these discounts and recognition. So, it’s pretty laughable that this is so important to [Blumenfeld] for social justice warriors,” he said.
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