Today is Veterans Day. Unlike periods of war or conflict in our history, today’s military doesn’t suffer the scorn from the public that they once did. Though there are those few among us that are the exception, Americans support our troops, as well we should.
Over the past decade, it has become commonplace to walk up to someone in uniform and say, “Thank you for your service!” While this is appreciated, many servicemen and servicewomen are uncomfortable with this, as it puts them on the spot. Many of them become embarrassed, as they didn’t enlist for recognition.
Instead of making a scene, there are other ways you can thank them. A simple, silent handshake is often enough to convey your meaning. If you see them out, buy them a drink, or even better, silently pay for their dinner.
Unless you’ve been in the military, it’s difficult to fathom all the suffering, loss, and hardship. They are asked to do some of the worst jobs in the world, and are grossly underpaid for doing it. The highest rates of divorce, suicide and depression are among our current and retired military, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Today we celebrate our veterans; past, present and future. We, both as a country and as a people, wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the sacrifices they endured. Though it might not seem like much, letting them know they’re appreciated will mean a lot to them.