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Thank You For Your Service

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by The Hammer, Jun 23, 2022 at 3:44 PM.

  1. The Hammer

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    Please.... Just don't. I'd really rather you didn't.

    Veterans "uncomfortable" with "thank you for your service," ask for more civilian support this Veterans Day

    "Almost half of U.S. veterans and active service members feel uncomfortable with being thanked for their service, a new survey has revealed.

    According to a poll commissioned by the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), a national not-for-profit network of mental health clinics for post-9/11 veterans and military families, 49 percent of active and former members of the armed services feel uneasy with the expression "Thank you for your service."
     
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    Interesting, thanks for posting, I will be more careful in future.
     
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    Me too. I had no idea that veterans feel this way.
     
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    I never thank them for service.
    This always goes over well.
     
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    I feel uncomfortable when someone says, "Thank you for your message" or extols what I do.... could it be we just don't want to be the center of attention and not that we don't acknowledge the recognition?
     
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    It strikes me that such thanks have
    no response that isn't awkward.
     
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    Say it anyway. It might be uncomfortable for a moment but they will appreciate it in the long run.
     
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    I just read the article you posted. I'll keep it in mind

    I just deleted my previous reply to this thread cuz I read the article
     
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    That's good to know. Maybe it will raise awareness so that fewer people thank veterans for their participation, forced or voluntary, in any of the United States' unnecessary, brutal wars of aggression after World War II. How I feel about this is similar to how I would feel if a Russian citizen thanked a "Ukraine veteran" for their "service" in the current Russian invasion.

    Focusing on supporting the ones who felt deceived about any specific war or coerced into fighting seems to me a much better endeavor than giving thanks for participation in pointless killing and aggression.
     
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    No, I really won't.
     
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    Why are you going to deliberately make someone uncomfortable amd assume they will like it?
     
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    Odd story....
    I know a vet (Marine) with whom I often discuss
    things political & military. He knows I'm a draft
    dodger who worked in the defense industry
    (aircraft). He thanked me for my service.
    Funny stuff.
    Another guy said that he really liked that I worked
    on the F18 program. Mutual respect seems to be
    what's most appreciated....not perfunctory thanks.
     
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    Yep. I never know what to say back. "Thanks?" "You're welcome?"
     
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  14. Shadow Wolf

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    If it were me I suppose I'd say "vote better."
     
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  15. Valjean

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    Good points.
    I could never figure out what 'service' the warriors were being thanked for. They certainly haven't been contributing to the freedom, security, or well-being of the average citizen. Indeed, their foreign adventurism has created the very enemies they claim to be protecting us from.

    Its our adventurism that gave us the Beirut barracks bombing in'82, the Mogadishu Black Hawk downing in '93, the USS Cole attack in 2000, and the 9/11 attacks the next year, which, in turn, gave us the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) resolution and Patriot act, and created the militarized, police-surveillance state we enjoy today.

    So whom has the military benefited? Follow the money.
    At home, war has been immensely profitable for the Military-Industrial complex. Overseas, it secures and maintains favorable markets for American corporations.

    It's industry that should thank the military for its service.
     
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