The U.S. government often lectures Americans about "supporting the troops," but as U.S. veterans know, "support" from the U.S. government often ends after the battle.
Many vets have to fight for years for disability checks and other services from the VA, noted The Daily Caller.
For the soldiers who don't make it home alive, they often become props in fake repatriation ceremonies (video below).
The Pentagon told NBC News on Wednesday that soldiers' remains in Hawaii repatriation ceremonies have actually been in the state for months, sitting in a lab in Honolulu.
For the fake ceremony, the remains are taken from the lab, placed into a flag-draped coffin and then rolled inside a disabled plane that has to be towed out on the tarmac.
The plane doors open, the coffin is rolled out as if it just arrived in the U.S. for the ceremony, fooling friends and relatives of the deceased.
"Many times, static aircraft are used for the ceremonies, as operational requirements dictate flight schedules and aircraft availability," Department of Defense spokesperson, Navy Commander Amy Derrick-Frost told NBC News.
During the ceremony, buglers play Taps, people sing patriotic songs and there is usually a prayer lead by a chaplain. A military official thanks attendees for "welcoming them home." Then the soldier's remains are carted back to the lab and the plane is towed into the hanger, reports the Daily Mail.
The phony ceremonies are supervised by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), which has the responsibility of recovering the remains of 83,000 missing soldiers from U.S. wars.
Rick Stone, who once worked for JPAC, told NBC News, "It's an open fraud inside JPAC, but it's more than just the arrival ceremony. The fraud is really their inability to bring closure to more families. Our noble mission is to go find some of these kids, and this thing is so fouled up we don't even recognize the mission."
Since the fake repatriation ceremonies have been exposed, they will now be called "honor ceremonies" by the U.S. military, which is ironic because people have been dishonored for years by these fake events.
"The name changed because they've already arrived, technically," Army Staff Sergeant Andrew Smith told NBC News, after the truth was exposed.
Sources: Daily Mail, NBC News, The Daily Caller