How about when you are active duty but don't believe in the goal? Yep, getting out is an option for some, but not always others. It's not just a patriotic duty that guides young people into the military; just ask ANY recruiter how they get them to sign on. And pardon me if I was unclear; nowhere did I state that you had no right to an opinion---I am sorry if you got that impression from me, honestly.
However, statistics don't tell our story. Being a veteran, surely you understand what I am saying here. Maybe at *one snapshot snippet of time*, as you say, 20% of our forces are "involved in the war", however, many more are involved on a rotating basis, know what I mean? And those rotations are putting a huge strain on many families, as you well can imagine.
Anyhow, those of who us who are vets/active yet express dissent, does that somehow make us so wrong? Are we somehow less patriots than you who are supportive of the war are? Answer: no. We can be *troop supporters*, yet dead-against the war and the policies of our Administration, and still be great patriots.
If not so close to retirement, we may have been out long ago. See, so many fail to understand, a lot of military and veterans DO NOT support the ideals of this war or the current Commander-in-Chief, but being military, cannot/are not allowed to be outspoken on this. You surely know that, having been military right?
Finally, I have pride, too, in our military, in myself having served 10 years,and much more, yet--- in my husband, honorably having served nearly 20 years this November. On that, anyhow, we can seem to at least agree, Timothy. I am grateful for that much.
And let me please be one to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your military service, as well.