A good friend of mine once described the relationship we have as a society with our veterans as a social contract --- a collective responsibility to care for those who have borne the heaviest burdens in the defense of our nation. In recent wars, however, the percentage of veterans bearing such a burden is shrinking dramatically in proportion to the rest of the population.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.