Being an ex-serviceman I find it incredibly hard to believe this could happen in the country I served for 16 years:
This country in no way shows the same gratitude to their servicemen and women as the Americans do.
I visited the States several times and was treated as if I was a hero in their own forces. Everywhere I went I was given a discount on Hotels, restaurants, entry to attractions and many other services. Those discounts were cheerfully given by staff, just for producing a Royal Navy ID card. Try that in this country and all you get is derision and funny looks.
Hat tip to Kevin Wells For pointing this story out.