It's common for Christians to blend their Christianity with nationalistic fervor, even including militaristic fervor. This makes the principle of "support our troops" something akin to a religious doctrine in American Christian churches. Well, it's only doctrine when the troops are Christian -- as soon as they are faced with atheist soldiers or veterans, these patriotic Christians are suddenly hostile and nasty.
This is what Thesaintsrevenge experienced in Annville, Pennsylvania, when he marched with other Foxhole Atheists and the PA Nonbelievers in the town's 2011 Memorial Day Parade.
Here's a bit from a video of the encounters:
Thesaintsrevenge: Support your atheists in foxholes!
Lady: Sorry, we believe.
Thesaintsrevenge: That's ok, but support the veteran atheists, too!
Thesaintsrevenge: No? Really? They give their life and you won't support them? C'mon... Where's the love?
Source: Friendly Atheist
The reactions of Christians to the idea of supporting atheists in the military to disheartening to say the least. It's not simply that Christians disagreed with atheism or offered to pray for atheists -- no, their first and immediate reaction to being confronted with the idea of atheists in the military is extreme vitriol and nastiness. These Christians don't have a single good word to say to or about atheists, whether in the military or not.
The hate that these Christians feel for atheists is almost palpable and it's certainly undeniable. It's not being expressed by some lone nut, it's expressed consistently by multiple Christians throughout the parade. It's almost like it's part of the fabric of the Christianity in this town, and it's unlikely that this would be unique to Annville, Pennsylvania.