“Thank You For Your Service.” What Do You Really Mean By That?

I, too, feel awkward especially when members of my family admitted they forgot that I also served in the military while wishing their brother, my husband, a happy Veterans Day.

Forming The Thread

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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I'm an artist. I make assemblages of found images and objects and bits and pieces of my own doodlings.
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