As for the veterans themselves, they are a minuscule part of the population who, for whatever reason, have chosen to participate in these wars. While many of them doubtless did so for patriotic motives, others may have wanted job security or educational benefits. Their sacrifices have not been shared, understood or even thought about by the bulk of the population, and, when we encounter those in uniform, we naturally feel guilty at this obvious unfairness. We try to salve our guilt with gestures of respect that may or may not have been earned. What does it say about our values that current and former Peace Corps volunteers are not singled out at airports for first-class upgrades?