I have been fortunate, I think.
My brother was told by a family member last year that he needed to distance himself from the military. The family member suggested that he grew his hair out and refrain from mentioning anything about his time in the Navy. My brother was irritated, as was our mother. I commented later when I found out about it that it was a good thing that I was 2,000 miles away.
A friend of mine walked into a store after work one evening earlier this year. He had not had time to go home, so he was still in uniform. A couple with a young daughter glared at him and made nasty comments to each other, not bothering to say them quietly so my friend did not hear.
I have heard other stories of people running into those who do not support the military. I have heard what some have to say to those people. I have not personally encountered it, thankfully. I think those who do not support the troops should place themselves in those troops’ boots. Away from home, away from family, no guarantee to when they might get a holiday off, no guarantee that they might be able to attend important family events, everything subject to change at a moment’s notice, and knowing that there are people out there who want them dead simply because of the uniform they wear.
Please support the troops and veterans. We sacrificed a lot to serve this country. Some have sacrificed a great deal more than others. Remember that.