That makes sense, we have always been very grateful to those who offer their lives to securing the Nation.
The early merchant Marines faced Piracy and unpredictable weather in slow rickety ships to keep America’s commerce flowing and our military personnel have always stood in the gap between enemy weapons and the citizens.
They all earned every extension of gratitude that we afforded them. It would be quite hard to stretch this into a claim that early Presidents wanted Socialized medicine.
Compensation for doing a high risk and necessary job is different than taking over one seventh of nations economy, making all those who work in the field of medicine government slaves and forcing the productive populace at gunpoint to pay for others health care costs who contribute nothing but a drain on everyone else.