Why not honor teaching veterans or medical veterans or veteran bus drivers? How come these folks don't get subsidized housing and medicine for life, like the killers in uniform?
Why just honor people who trained in how to kill and (many of them) went ahead and killed? How did actions that led to deaths of many, many people living in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan "serve" the United States?
Buffy Sainte-Marie was right when she wrote,
He's the universal soldier
And he really is to blame.
His orders come from
far away no more.
They come from him.
And you and me.
And brothers can't you see.
This is not the way we put an end to war.