Ever notice how two terms can mean the exact same thing, but sound different?
movies and on TV, whenever someone is referred to as “ex military”,
it’s done in a way to make him (or her, but almost always him in
Hollywood) sound like an outcast; definitely dangerous, most likely
armed, and possibly even sinister.
On the other hand, the word
veteran almost always sounds like the hero. Ready to save the day. Or,
he could just be the old guy in the nursing home.
you go. The shifty guy with the conspiracy theories and the hidden cache
of weapons is “ex military”. Your grandpa is a “veteran”.
Why the hell is that?