First, I will qualify my answer to this question.
I was in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1970; served two tours of duty in Vietnam (1967-1969) as an infantry soldier, and fought in some of the biggest and worst battles of that conflict.
Additionally, when I returned from Vietnam, I was addicted to alcohol and street drugs. And presently, I am still suffering from the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic anixiety that I contracted in that conflict.
That said, neither the U.S. government, the American people, nor anybody else, owes me anything for my serving my country.
When I "went to war," I merely did what I was supposed to do. I went to work to do my job.
In fact, I am the one who owes the U.S.A.
Yes, I owe a huge debt to this great nation, because it granted me the privilege of serving in its armed forces.
Finally, I must say that all of the talk about military veterans being neglected and so forth is nothing but a lot of jibberish by vets who have a need for "special attention" and/or who view themselves as "victims."
And it is also the jibberish of those non-vets who are so patronizing in the way they see things, they are driven to treat and view vets as "victims."