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Old 08-15-2016, 05:47 PM   #1
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How Do You Respond?

How do you respond to someone when they come up and thank you for your service?

While I appreciate the acknowledgement (since we Viet Nam Vets didn't get a warm welcome home) it makes me somewhat uncomfortable as I felt it was my DUTY to serve.

I usually just say "I appreciate that" but am interested in what others say.

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"THANKS.....much appreciated" is my response.


By the way.........

Welcome Home brother!!

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Old 08-15-2016, 06:04 PM   #3
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"THANKS.....much appreciated" is my response.
Very similar
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Your welcome. It was an honor to serve.
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:28 AM   #6
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I usually just say "Thank you" but I have to admit I usually have the thought "Where was your thank you in 69?" Unfortunately, for me, I'm too old to change my spots. It will always be this way even if the vets are now being treated as they should be.
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I just say "Thanks for your service" but I thank them all. When I see a WW-II vet I always make sure I thank them. Most often their eyes light up much more so than the other Vets. Their numbers are dwindling much faster and I want to make sure they have not been forgotten.

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I just say you're welcome.
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It was an honor.

Welcome home brother if it is a Vietnam Vet.
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I have found that no response is needed when I'M not wearing the hat!
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I'm 69, don't live in a cave, and have never had someone come up to me to thank me for service. I even wear a camo hat, have military decal on my vehicles, and bumper stickers displaying PH and 3rdMarDiv.

Guess I'd say yeah or thanks. Even motels where I use military rate never bother asking for military ID or mentioning the military.
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I'm 69, don't live in a cave, and have never had someone come up to me to thank me for service. I even wear a camo hat, have military decal on my vehicles, and bumper stickers displaying PH and 3rdMarDiv.

Guess I'd say yeah or thanks. Even motels where I use military rate never bother asking for military ID or mentioning the military.
Welcome home Brother, and thanks for your service.
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I usually just say "Thank you" but I have to admit I usually have the thought "Where was your thank you in 69?" Unfortunately, for me, I'm too old to change my spots. It will always be this way even if the vets are now being treated as they should be.
I say the same, if it's a younger person, but always have the same thought if they're older...Where were you in 68 when I got spit on at Kennedy Airport? If it's a fellow Vietnam Vet, I always say Welcome Home, Brother!

The nicest thanks I ever got was a hand written Thank You, obviously from a kid, under my windshield wiper in a WalMart parking lot. It's still on my refrigerator!
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Welcome home Brother, and thanks for your service.
Yeah, thank you.

Returned home, '68, second infantry tour USMC, and never spoke about it. 10 years later, I was in combat group therapy, Vet Outreach in San Francisco. That helped. Just figured nobody cared -- and nobody wanted to hear about it or talk about it. Still think that. Vets care. Civilians don't have a clue.
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