Veterans have been through a lot. At the very least, they’ve experienced basic training—a weeks-long experience in physical and psychological training, followed by four years of long hours and modest pay.
At the worst, they’ve seen the cruelest sides of inhumanity and war, things that no one should have to witness, that no one should have to endure.
No matter what a veteran’s experience, though, all volunteered knowing that they did so at their own peril. They should receive recognition for that bravery.
But how do we thank them? A simple, “Thank you for your service,” is a kind gesture, but one that often creates a sense of social discomfort in veterans—it is often difficult to know how to tactfully respond to this.
Let’s take a look at a few ways in which we can convey a genuine sense of thankfulness to the veterans in our lives without causing them discomfort.