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Old 11-11-2017, 07:23 AM   #1
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How To Thank Veterans For Their Service

I think about the sacrifice our service members make on our behalf many times during the year, but this is the day officially designated to say thanks. I am truly grateful for all the men and women who have served, my life wouldn’t be possible without their service.

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I appreciate the sentiment, Midpack. And I’d like to thank you for your support and tax dollars which paid for my education, training, and salary.
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Very nice sentiments expressed in that. Thanks for thinking of it.

I'm one of those who feel a bit awkward when I hear the thanks. In my family it was simply normal. Dad was severely wounded in Italy during WW II. Mom was a WAC and both her brothers were in the Navy in WW II. I somehow made it through Vietnam relatively unscathed. Those were very different times, though. Only about 7% of all living Americans have ever served in the military, and that percentage is steadily decreasing.
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One of the best uses for tax dollars that Congress ever came up with. I know a number of smart veterans, from poor families that could never have afforded to send them to college. Because of the GI bill (and their own smarts of course) they have had good careers and are in high-paying contractor jobs or happily retired.

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I think about the sacrifice our service members make on our behalf many times during the year, but this is the day officially designated to say thanks. I am truly grateful for all the men and women who have served, my life wouldn’t be possible without their service.

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Thanks Midpack.

Like braumeister, I can also have an awkward moment when folks express their gratitude. However, I do my best to respond that my long army career was a high honor. Because, it was indeed.

To all veterans here (and to those who support you as well), enjoy today. It belongs to you.
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Thanks Midpack.

Like braumeister, I can also have an awkward moment when folks express their gratitude. However, I do my best to respond that my long army career was a high honor. Because, it was indeed.

To all veterans here (and to those who support you as well), enjoy today. It belongs to you.
It was indeed an honor to serve. When I look back at all the things I've done in my life, I am most proud of the things I did in the Navy.
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Hopefully, one day this will become a moot point when we have mandatory national service (military or non-military) and everyone serves.

Until then, I’d quote one of the Vets in the article, “Don’t say something, do something” to show your thanks.
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One of the best uses for tax dollars that Congress ever came up with. I know a number of smart veterans, from poor families that could never have afforded to send them to college. Because of the GI bill (and their own smarts of course) they have had good careers and are in high-paying contractor jobs or happily retired.
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I've know a bunch of folks who benefited from the formal and informal education.

I had the privilge of a former Marine being my mentor. Wow, what a guy! He gives the Marines credit for saving his life. He'd had a rough childhood and ran with the wrong crowd.

He's enriched my life with some of the discipline he'd been taught. The guy represents leadership and never saying I can't! I'd never been exposed to anyone who had that much confidence before. For me it was life changing.

I benefited directly from his experience.

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Some of the everyday sacrifices made by members of the military and their families may not be fully understood for those who never served or had a family member serve.

I am in awe of those who risked life and limb in combat to uphold their sworn oath to defend the constitution.

Any of the benefits citizens give the servicemen helps to make up some for the low pay, long deployments, incredibly long work weeks and very real personal risks.


Most vets like the brief but sincere 'thank you for your service.'
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Yay GI bill! Without it DH would not have been able to get a college degree as his parents were pretty much broke after a divorce. His four years served were a great international education for a young man as well as making it possible for him to go to college.
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One of the best uses for tax dollars that Congress ever came up with. I know a number of smart veterans, from poor families that could never have afforded to send them to college. Because of the GI bill (and their own smarts of course) they have had good careers and are in high-paying contractor jobs or happily retired.


+1, very happy to have our tax dollars support our military including veterans.
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It was indeed an honor to serve. When I look back at all the things I've done in my life, I am most proud of the things I did in the Navy.
+1 (except USAF ). A tremendous chance to work with great people and do something worthwhile.

I always thought my wife and child made larger sacrifices than I did. I think it strange when people, usually upon retirement, thank their spouse for making their military career possible. Frankly, I could have been just as successful in my career without a spouse--better availability, able to take any assignment, etc. IMO, the average military spouse doesn't make a servicemember's career a possibility, they do something far more noble and important: They make it possible for the servicemember to have a family under some very "non-optimum" conditions. Hats/covers/helmets off to them.
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I always thought my wife and child made larger sacrifices than I did.

IMO, the average military spouse doesn't make a servicemember's career a possibility, they do something far more noble and important: They make it possible for the servicemember to have a family under some very "non-optimum" conditions. Hats/covers/helmets off to them.
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I was TDY ("gone") for a cumulative three years of the eight I spent in the military. Far harder on my wife and kids than on me.
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When people say "thanks for your service" to me, I either say "it was an honor to simply have served," or I just reply "you're welcome."

The Navy took pretty good care of me and my family, and continues to do so, even in retirement.
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Thanks for posting, Midpack. And thanks to all veterans for their sacrifice and commitment to our country. We went to a Veterans Day service this morning. I thanked the Marine Corps veteran seated next to me. It wasn't awkward for either of us.
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When people say "thanks for your service" to me, I either say "it was an honor to simply have served," or I just reply "you're welcome."
I also like "Thanks for your support" as a good comeback line.
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When someone years ago thanked me for my 20+ years of army service I was unsure how to handle it since no one had ever thanked me for doing my job.


When I came back from spending 12 months as an infantry officer in Vietnam no one thanked me. Most folks in the 70's would just look the other way so they would not have to acknowledge your gaze. Others spit on me and called me names like baby killer.


I am glad that the current crop of servicemen do not have to be exposed to that nonsense. After all, we were all just doing what the American people sent us to do.
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When someone years ago thanked me for my 20+ years of army service I was unsure how to handle it since no one had ever thanked me for doing my job.

When I came back from spending 12 months as an infantry officer in Vietnam no one thanked me. Most folks in the 70's would just look the other way so they would not have to acknowledge your gaze. Others spit on me and called me names like baby killer.
9/11 changed everything in terms of attitudes toward veterans and emergency first responders.
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When someone years ago thanked me for my 20+ years of army service I was unsure how to handle it since no one had ever thanked me for doing my job.


When I came back from spending 12 months as an infantry officer in Vietnam no one thanked me. Most folks in the 70's would just look the other way so they would not have to acknowledge your gaze. Others spit on me and called me names like baby killer.


I am glad that the current crop of servicemen do not have to be exposed to that nonsense. After all, we were all just doing what the American people sent us to do.


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I didn’t serve in Vietnam, but still felt some discomfort wearing a uniform in public in the early 80s when I joined up. Fortunately it began to change for the better as my career progressed.
My hope is people will be truly informed and not just listen to political partisan gibberish. So few are truly informed on the state of the world and make decisions on soundbite media or peer pressure from friends, or in many cases a single issue is their deciding factor in voting. Please take the time to evaluate issues at all levels of government before going to the ballot box. That’s what we served for.
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