I agree. There is a disturbing amount of apathy in the phrase “Thank you for your service.” Even more disturbing is the dismissive “They knew what they signed up for.” My father was drafted and while its a disturbing ‘call to duty’, it does create a balance of involvement and concern from the public.
Instead of a thank-you, I’d like something different: I want you to pay attention, stay informed, and get politically involved.
In recent years, more veterans are letting us know that they find it a little off-putting to be thanked for their service. The exact reasons vary, but I have my own, so count me among those who find it awkward at best.
I wonder just what people really mean when they say “Thank you for your service.” Maybe I should start asking. Why are you thanking me for my service? What did it do for you? What does it mean to you? I wonder how many of these well-wishers could even really articulate a solid answer to that question.
Here is what this veteran thinks: “Thank you for your service” is a pretty lame substitute for the public’s failure to be at all engaged, or even a little bit interested…
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