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Posted: 8/27/2004 12:57:04 PM EST
If you are military, after Sept, 11, you probably had someone thank you for you service to our country, or something similar. What do you say to this? I always felt a bit uncomftrable with this question until I just started saying, It was my honor, ma'am/sir. What about you?
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 1:00:49 PM EST
Sounds like a great response.

Nobody can tell by looking at me that I ever served. Fat old man here.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 1:08:40 PM EST
All I say/said is you're welcome and thank you for your support. Damn now that I think about it, it almost sounds like I'm running for office.
Hey, now there's an idea, let's start our very own political party
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 1:18:36 PM EST
Just what you said.

The honor is all mine. Glad I could do it, wish I could do it again.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 2:25:45 PM EST
It has been an honor

or

It has truly been a pleasure
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 2:32:51 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 2:55:18 PM EST
"Thanks for your support." Is my standard response.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 3:01:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 5:48:11 PM EST by Ghost-1]
All of the above.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 3:14:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 3:46:41 PM EST
I only take that thanks very seriously from other military or veterans. Ever since 9/11 I have seen "Bandwagon Patroits" spring up and I don't trust them. Not that I don't appreciate them doing it for the younger guys, because they need it now more than ever, but I take all that "glory" with a grain of salt.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 4:09:23 PM EST
Eaglebite, I feel the same way--but RAS you said it right.. just salute proudly and let them know freedom is not just another word for "nothing left to lose"..
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 4:28:13 PM EST
I always thank any service men/women I see.

When I buy a poppy from the old Vet and he says thank you I say. No I thank you.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 5:39:24 PM EST
I just say "no problem."

I'm not a very talkative person...not good with words. I also get a little uncomfortable when strangers start thanking me for it.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 5:52:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 5:58:35 PM EST by kill-9]
While serving at the Pentagon from Aug 02 to Feb 04, I travelled to and from work, in uniform, on the Metro. I received several "thank you"s and always responded, "it's an honor", because that's how I felt; honored to put on the uniform of the U.S. Army every day. That feeling is the thing I miss most about working in the puzzle palace.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 5:54:34 PM EST
Yep. "Thank you for thinking of us" was what I usually said.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 5:58:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:12:37 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:12:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 6:13:46 PM EST by Ky_Bob]

Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:

Originally Posted By kill-9:
While serving at the Pentagon from Aug 02 to Feb 04, I travelled to and from work, in uniform, on the Metro. I received several "thank you"s and always responded, "it's an honor", becuase that's how I felt; honored to put on the uniform of the U.S. Army every day. That feeling is the thing I miss most about working in the puzzle palace.



That is the best answer yet. And for those who feel it only counts if it comes rom a vet, why? So what if it is only lipservice, it sure beats an insult, or just as bad, being ignored and treated with disdain.



Or being called a baby killer like our Vietnam vets did not deserve. I was only a pup in those days but if I heard someone utter those words to a vet today I would lay them out on the floor. It really chaps my ass to think this was a reality at one time. It just makes me sick.

Bob


Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:39:56 PM EST
I always had that feeling people did not appreciate you until something bad happens close to home. Being in the service in the mid 70's was not a good time. People frowned at you like you were some kind of disease. The only time I wore my uniform out of base was after bootcamp.

Fast forward to 9/11, suddenly everybody loves servicemen and women.
Maybe it's just human nature. I'm sure I am not the only one who had this feeling.

I served with pride and still proud to haved served.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:48:38 PM EST
Whether they are honest, or bandwagon patriots, i awlays give them the utmost respect and respond alone the lines that " I'm glad to have served my country."
I'm not good with words either, but it's usually something along those lines. but i still remember the first time i heard that....i was ticked pink.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 7:02:31 PM EST
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