Monday, March 21, 2011

Have You Ever Thanked A Veteran?

As a veteran myself, when I see a veteran wearing a hat, shirt, jacket, or other emblem that says
he served in our military, I always say Thank You for Your Service.

I also thank the men and women I see in uniform no matter where it might be.

These brave men and women have placed their lives on hold, and placed themselves in jeopardy every
day. Is it too much to say a simple Thank You?

Many stores, tourist attractions, and countless other entities offer military and/or veteran discounts.
Yet when a customer provides proof of service most times the cashier, the one placing items in the
bags, or even those in line do not bother to acknowledge the service of a veteran; or even a current
member of the military.

Are we afraid as a country to say Thank You? Are we ashamed that perhaps we did not serve?
Or as a country are we just that plain selfish? The old "rather you than me" is a hard way of thinking.

A veteran will not become angry and yell at you, instead they will simply smile and say Thank You
right back to you. To be noticed and appreciated by such a simple thing is very heart warming
and a humbling experience to a vet.

So next time you see a veteran, or a person in uniform just say Thank You for Your Service, you will
feel better and so will they.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996