Skip to comments.OK I have a Memorial Day question(FOR VETS ONLY)...Does it ever kinda "irk"...
Posted on 05/26/2014 8:05:05 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
...When someone says to you "Thank You for YOUR Service" and you know/think THEY were JUST TOO were JUST too DAMN GUTLESS and/or SPINELESS to Serve Themselves(especially "Men(boys)of Draft and/or Military Age)"?
Thank you for your service.
Think of me what you will.
Would you prefer the alternative?
No....the military isn’t cut out for everybody. and a Lot of people couldn’t join due to health reasons.
What Irks me is Fake Vets who plaster themselves with ribbons and medals and try to bash the military. Those jerks should be given life in front of a firing squad.
No. I do not know them or their history.
Nope, thought never enters my mind.
I’m not a vet, but I’ve told quite a few that I appreciate their service. If it’s offensive to many vets, then I guess I’ll stop doing it.
No it does not irk me. In fact, I will walk up to a service member who is traveling in uniform (I spend a lot of time in airports) and I will thank them for their service.
Some people were prevented from joining because of stupid stuff like colorblindness, and I downplay my service as a JAG officer because the fighting guys sneer at it—my job was cushy, part of the head shed.
So no, I don’t automatically think they are pussies for not doing it themselves. Besides the ones who are pussies wouldn’t be thanking you for your service.
Much as people at funerals tell survivors,"I'm sorry for your loss." People say to vets,"Thank you for your service." It's just what they do. Bothers me not...
Some of us served, some didn’t. Some were drafted, some joined, others didn’t. I know what I’m proud of. Well, one other thing too. My dad swore me in. That was cool. Course he was an O-6 and I was on my way to being an E-1. LOL!
I usually reply that the service did just as much or more for me as I did for it.
And I mean it. Wouldn’t be where I am without the lessons learned there.
I feel uncomfortable when someone says thanks to me for my service.
As I have gotten older I more and more realize that it is I who owe the thanks to the nation for giving me the opportunity and allowing me the privilege of serving.
So I would say, generally; “No America, thank you.”
Not the least bit...
Nope, never irks me. I enlisted back during the Vietnam war, and I don’t regret a minute of my service. My decision to serve was borne of a desire to help secure this grand experiment, and an effort to make the world a little safer for (then unborn) children.
Not everyone is physically, mentally, or emotionally suited to military service. I was scrawny and immature when I was younger but I did sign up with the selective service. (Reagan was president).
Now that I’m older (50ish) I wish that I had but what’s done can’t be undone.
What irks is the mistaken assumption that Memorial Day is about veterans in general, when it is about honoring our war dead.
Save it for Veterans Day.
Answering for my husband. So not really. We know many who would have liked to serve, even tried, but were injured in basic training, or who didn’t pass the tests, or who weren’t fit enough, etc. They would have given anything to do it, but couldn’t.
Not everyone is led to through their upbringing. Some just aren’t led. It’s a calling.
We also need those successful business men and women to make the money in the private sector which pays to run a good Army/Air Force, etc. Not everyone is meant to be a soldier.
And believe me, there are plenty of smelly, greasy, filthy mealy mouths out there who will NEVER utter a whisper of thanks to any vet or in the memory of anyone who has died for this country. They scorn us, regularly, because, well, you know ...they’d rather make love, not war, are die-hard commies, pinko leftists, etc.
So I feel the mention of thanks is always appreciated.
Nope just slightly embarrassed and ready to talk about something else. That’d be kinda an ingrate thing to say to someone who says something nice to you. Anyway, our nation isn’t based on the idea that everyone should be a warrior.
There might be 1000 other ways that someone has served their nation in their life.
Id just say thanks.
Yes, it does; but maybe for a surprising reason. I didn’t volunteer; in fact, I had grave misgivings about the war (specifically, our chances for success) because I was misled and confused the left wing lie that it was a popular “saar of liberation”. But, I went because I also believed that when my country calls it is my DUTY to go. Its what I owe my country, and I should be humble enough to admit that, as a youngster, I really am not wise enough to understand everything.
I don’t blame those who were afraid to go. I understand their fear because I shared it. I am eternally pissed that they hide their real motivations behind a false mask of idealism. And they failed to meet their duty.
I guess that I am turning into a “Curmudgeon(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curmudgeon)"
I’m a former Commie-Lib, Viet Nam war protestor, who was not drafted. I try to thank vets when the opportunity arises as a way of saying I’m sorry.
Maybe I should stop picking up the tab for the visiting service men and women I have the pleasure of meeting overseas.
I guess being a pussy and all, I wouldn’t want to insult them. Here I thought I was a friendly face in a foreign country.
Consider that maybe you don’t want spineless, gutless people in the military anyway, maybe that will take some of the sting out of it.
No, it doesn’t irk me (although I always blush a little because I am very shy about getting attention drawn to me). But I’m always very appreciative, from whatever source it comes from.
No, Not all people have the right mindset. They can serve their community and still be a service to our nation.
I don’t get offended. Sometimes we don’t know where folks were in their life’s journey when they were young. Not everybody has that spark of Patriotism to serve. Fortunately for me, my late father and two older brothers are veterans. I knew what I wanted to do.
By they way, when a civilian or other veteran thanks you for your service, respond with “And Thank You For Your Support.” That’s what I do and it usually brings a smile to the person face.
>>I guess I get “irked” too easy.
I served in the “post-Vietnam, but pre-Desert Storm” where enlisted people were assumed to be vandals, drunks, rapists, and thieves—and that was on-base! Off-base, the civilians thought even less of us.
So, I don’t mind being thanked for my service, unless it is by some sneering liberal who is saying it out of a sense of duty or by someone who feels the need to explain why he didn’t serve as part of the thanks. I really don’t care about their heart murmur, flat feet, or that arrow to the knee that ruined their career as an adventurer.
We have an all-volunteer military force. That is exceedingly rare.
To think that in the US we actually get to choose whether to serve is amazing and wonderful.
Being thanked is just a ‘symptom’ of that phenomenon.
I think it a blessing for the country that we get to choose, and get to thank those that served.
No. I think its fine. What does irk me is that people say they owe their rights to vets.
When I’m on the checkout line and I’m getting dissed by everyone clamoring to serve some guy whose foreign credit card won’t work and my family waits without a wave off - nothing - and I get a bit ticked and start speaking my mind and all the citizens around me give me the evil eye The rule is, we kiss butt on these people and also the store managers. When I’m thinking the store mgr works for me
People depend too much on people in uniform to maintain their rights when it’s the opposite. Back home it’s the civilians’ responsibility. And it’s their responsibility to take care of vets as in the hospital The press is so confused over the hospital deal. Vets don’t pay people to fight for their rights against the government and citizens who won’t take care of them medically They don’t take it personally. They know that civilians’ make the choice on how they treat the military.
A schoolboy can’t threaten a bully. The only ones who are allowed to fight are soldiers in uniform on foreign soil. A guy can’t tell his neighbor to get his dogs in the house at midnight, they’re barking All the other neighbors whistle and look at the sky next day. The code is ‘don’t fight’. NOT ‘don’t disturb the peace’.
It’s getting wearisome
I also was RA 1968-71.
This should be a non-issue. Everyone has their own reasons for what they do.
Navy Vet: Don’t be so sensitive.
Not a vet here.
When someone thanks a person in uniform for their service, exactly how does the person in uniform know the person thanking them didn’t serve as well?
In life, take thanks for what it is. In this instance:
It is one human being building up the courage to address another person they do not know in public, to thank them.
I’m not sure how any aspect of that is worthy of judgment.
The person saying thank you is expressing a love of nation, a love of it’s defense, and a great deal of respect for the person in uniform.
Nice comment and one that pretty much sums up my service time too.
The few times I’ve been thanked for my military service I knew it was a sincere gesture. My MOM always told me to accept a compliment with kindness and humility without attribution of motive.
No don’t consider not thanking the vets. Vets are not sensitive nor insulted by appreciation. They honor freedom of speech
Nope I always think of how poorly our Vietnam vets were treated. The thanks folks express often turns into donations for causes like Wounded Warriors and the Semper Fi fund. For twenty one years every one except one ignorant girl in a Tucson bar has said thanks and meant it. I explained to the ignorant young lady that our armed services were the only thing keeping her from being gang raped by the Hun (over the course of a hour and a few drinks.) Before I left he bar that night she said “Thank you for your service”
I don’t go out of my way to thank anyone but I have quietly picked up the tab of a soldier as he ate his meal in peace and left it up to the waitress to inform him.
I talked to my great uncle yesterday. He was a chopper pilot in Vietnam and said that stories from home and groups of college kids who met him at the airport when he returned did far more psychological damage to him than anything that happened there.
He says that it was only within the last 10 years or so that he figured out that the anti war movement wasn’t nearly as large as the media made them out to be. Just like today, the crowds were college kids driven from behind by a small number of people.
I’m the same generation as you, Bryan. I served mostly through the Carter years, and it was a thankless time to serve in the military. I don’t begrudge today’s military for getting some recognition. I get thanked more now for my service than I ever did when I was in.
If you are that long-haired, Hippie, Commie-Lib, Vietnam War protestor who spit at me, called me a "Baby Killer" and then ran when I was passing through San Francisco while returning from Vietnam in 1972, you can take your "Thank You" and shove it where the sun don't shine.
Please don’t let this one veteran make you think all of us think that way. I certainly appreciate it every time someone thanks me for my service. I was drafted but ended up making the Air Force my career. I am proud to have served my country. Even as a retired veteran, I too have paid for many current active duty members when I see them in a restaurant or fast food establishment. I thank them for their current service and wish them well in their career. Thanks to both of you for your support of our military members, active and veterans.
Of all the things that could irritate me, that is No. 799 on my list.
I served and I also thank others for serving. Just be appreciative that you are not at SFO in the 70's and getting spit on.
What a stupid question. You know precisely nothing of other’s lives. Further, it is every American’s right to decide for himself how he will or won’t serve his country. In fact THAT is one of the very reasons that many soldiers DO choose to serve, to defend those very rights. Your “irk” should be spelled “jerk.”
Jeez I served in expeditionary campaigns but I say “Thank you for your service” to other vets all the time.