He loves them. Just not as much as he loves his new 52" LED Samsung.
When you reach a certain age, you can get away with basically anything. Simply claim to have served in a war at some point. We promise your grandkids will have no idea because they're too busy tweeting photos of cats in human clothes to open a history book. Sure, they were planning to save your annual checks for their futures, but you want a new TV right now. You can't wait; you might be dead soon! Just offer a half-hearted apology. They can hardly hold it against a veteran, which you definitely are. Maybe the temptation of your fancy new television will even convince them to come visit more often. Probably not.