I fly for the military and sometimes I feel almost guilty when people tell me
"thank you" for my service.Why?Because 22 1/2
yrs ago when I was commissioned, my desire was not to "serve" but simply
to fly.I will say that the older I get the more I truly, truly love
our country. It makes me tremendously sad to think of what we are as a a nation
when compared to what we could be. Anyway, in my opinion, if you REALLY want to
thank someone, I'd say thank those that have carried the fight to the enemy
the most, and that would be the grunts on the ground....the Army and Marine
ground-pounders fighting door to door and live on MREs and a few hours of sleep
a night in countries filled with those who would slit your throat simply because
of what country you were born in. THOSE guys, I think, deserve our respect the
As a former Capt of Marines I'd say, WAKE UP KID BEFORE YOU'RE KILLED
FIGHTING FOR WALL STREET, just as two time Medal of Honor winner General Smedley
Butler pointed out 100 years ago. Go to youtube and look up How Opium Greed Is
Keeping US Troops in Afghanistan.
Re: FT1/SS "It's not difficult to just walk up to a servicemember and
say "Thank you for your service"." FT1, it is a lot
harder than you know. I am an outgoing person and this is still the hardest
thing I ever am nervous about doing.
I appreciate the article, but I think there are better ways to thank military
members for what they have done than merely saying thank you. I wore the uniform
of the United States Air Force on active duty from July 1951 through July 1971.
I spent about 11 months of 1952-53 in Korea and about 15 months of 1968-69 in
Thailand. I have never availed myself of VA medical services and have not needed
to do so, but one of the better ways to thank our veterans than with words is
with actions to support VA, and to elect wise political leaders.
I'am not going to give the writer a pass because he's a NY Times
Bestseller. The article sounded like a pity party the writer decided to give
himself for sympathy from the readers or maybe he was pressed to hit a deadline
to write an article. The ignorance of the general population toward a
servicemember in uniform is a growing trend. That's what I was reminded of
by the writer. It's not difficult to just walkup to a servicemember and say
"Thank you for your service". I never looked for it, but was always
pleasently suprised by it.
RE: just-commenting, A nice article and I appreciate the sentiment and kind
thoughts toward the soldier. I agree, After spending a year in
Southeast and Vietnam, in the AF Security Forces,I was honorably discharged at
Travis AFB in 1970. We were told to change from our uniforms to civilians
clothes before we left for San Francisco airport because of the Anti-war
protesters. Who, we were told that they were capable of spitting and throwing
stuff at us.
Dear Soldier, Thank you for protecting us from Afghanistan, Iraq and other
countries that pose absolutely no meaningful threat to the security of the
United States. They have no ability to project power in their own regions, let
alone across oceans. Your service has its purposes.
A nice article and I appreciate the sentiment and kind thoughts toward the
soldier. I was on active duty for more than 13 years, covering all the period
of the Viet Nam War and a few years more. We were despised, and morale was low.
Toward the end of the war, we were told to not wear uniforms off-post in order
to avoid the all-too-frequent epithets and the scenes created by war protesters.
Even within the military there were problems with insubordination, with
enlisted refusing to salute officers and actions much worse (fragging). I was not supportive of the politicians who engineered that mess, but as
a surgeon, I was more than willing to spend long days and nights caring for the
wounded who needed my services. Thanks from the soldiers and their families was
sufficient reward, and although I was years late to finally establish my own
practice, there are no regrets and I would do it all again without hesitation.
(from a service-connected disabled veteran)We -- all of us, both
those now serving and those who have served -- did it that YOU might live free.
Great letter, I've always gone out of my way to say Thank You to the
men and women in uniform I meet.As a Veteran, no matter where
in the world it was I served, no matter what the job was I was asked to
do, the single thing than made me feel the proudest to be an American was
just the chance to wear our nation's Uniform.I hope others have
felt the same way as well.
Heart and Mind:Well, you had me going! I re-read the column
thinking I somehow must have missed some important reference to a
"Jared." Not a bad reason to read such a wonderful column twice.
Jason, sorry about the first name mistake. It was just a test for you. I
didn't want all the writing compliments to give you a big head and make you
think you were Jack Grisham or Ted Clancy.
Jason, Thanks for giving me the courage to never have such a regret.
this is so true"Honor ... comes [due to] the service itself."thnx for the strong and touching reminder abt the sacrifices and honorable
service of others. i'll look for other service providers to thank
Jason, THANK YOU!hon for a once again beautifully written article. Your hard
earned ability is appreciated and the thoughts are so very true....@Heart and Mind: AMEN!!
Jared, as so many of us veterans would simply say ... "You're welcome,
and thank you."I took my uniform off for the last time nearly 3
years ago, after 34 years of wearing it. We've seen that support wax and
wane over the years. I believe it fair to say that we are at a high right now
not seen since perhaps WWII (though obviously, I was not around to see that!) I
was married for 30 of those years, and when we calculated it, we estimated I had
spent roughly 7 1/2 of those away from the family. I count myself blessed that
it wasn't more, as many of my fellow-soldiers/sailors/airmen/marines had to
endure. And what's more, my bride, children, friends, and those I
didn't know such as yourself, unfailingly sustained me through all of
that.So with that in mind ... Thank You. Keep doing so for those
now carrying that banner.
Jared, Thank you for eloquently stating what many of us join you in feeling. May
your head cold quickly pass, but may your love of freedom-keepers stay