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  1. #1 A question for our vets and those currently serving 
    Whenever I chat with someone such as a customer,fellow employee,elc he mentions that he was in the military I always say "Thank you for our country". Most of the time they will say "you are very welcome".
    One perosn recently a customer told me how he served in Vietnam and we briefed chatted about it because my dad also fought in Vietnam.
    I told him "Thanks for keeping us free". He just looked at me like I was a bit odd.
    A couple questions:
    1. How do you feel when someone especially a total stranger thanks you for your service?
    2. How often do you get thanked?
    I'm just curious what are you alls thoughts.
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    I think it's great because it is very rare. Most of the people I run into here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts are either oblivious about the world around them or have been browbeaten to regard any mention of the military as bad and imperialistic nonsense.. What would you expect from a populace that would elect a drunken murderer like Ted Kennedy over and over and over and over and over, along with Mumbles Menino and Devolve Patrick... If you tell these people you served, they are more likely to say, "I'm sorry to hear that.."

    If someone thanks me for my service, I offer a very sincere handshake accompanied by, "It was my pleasure."

    Would I do it again today? Not on your life. Any populace that can elect a Socialist like Obama and still give him an over 60% approval rating even after his Spring Apology Tour and all of the insults he has heaped on America to our enemies deserves whatever they get.... Our forefathers wouldn't even recognize the American people of today. We are no longer a proud nation. We have allowed our politicians and schools to brainwash us into being ashamed of our past and our bountiful lifestyle. We are being encouraged to be proud of our differences instead of our common bond of being Americans.. We're constantly reminded that we're black with Black History Month or that we're Hispanic with nothing by Spanish primers on Disney of all channels, etc., instead of trying to foster a common pride based on being Americans.. We're so guilt ridden that we're not even willing to make English our national language because it may hurt the feeling of our invaders... Nope, no longer a country worth fighting for.
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    It feels good to hear, at least I've always thought so. When I returned from Iraq in February I flew on a civilian airline and we had several layovers. When we landed in Maine, there was a line of about 250 people from the door of the plane all the way into the terminal of people thanking us for our service. World War II vets, Vietnam vets, people young and old all cheering and clapping and shaking our hands. It was enough to make you tear up. That kind of stuff means a lot to us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stsinner View Post
    I think it's great because it is very rare. Most of the people I run into here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts are either oblivious about the world around them or have been browbeaten to regard any mention of the military as bad and imperialistic nonsense.. What would you expect from a populace that would elect a drunken murderer like Ted Kennedy over and over and over and over and over, along with Mumbles Menino and Devolve Patrick... If you tell these people you served, they are more likely to say, "I'm sorry to hear that.."

    If someone thanks me for my service, I offer a very sincere handshake accompanied by, "It was my pleasure."

    Would I do it again today? Not on your life. Any populace that can elect a Socialist like Obama and still give him an over 60% approval rating even after his Spring Apology Tour and all of the insults he has heaped on America to our enemies deserves whatever they get.... Our forefathers wouldn't even recognize the American people of today. We are no longer a proud nation. We have allowed our politicians and schools to brainwash us into being ashamed of our past and our bountiful lifestyle. We are being encouraged to be proud of our differences instead of our common bond of being Americans.. We're constantly reminded that we're black with Black History Month or that we're Hispanic with nothing by Spanish primers on Disney of all channels, etc., instead of trying to foster a common pride based on being Americans.. We're so guilt ridden that we're not even willing to make English our national language because it may hurt the feeling of our invaders... Nope, no longer a country worth fighting for.

    I feel your frustration, and understand where you are comming from. But still, Thank you for your service sir! ;)

    You too marinejcksn. Thank you very much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stsinner View Post
    Would I do it again today? Not on your life. Any populace that can elect a Socialist like Obama and still give him an over 60% approval rating even after his Spring Apology Tour and all of the insults he has heaped on America to our enemies deserves whatever they get.... Our forefathers wouldn't even recognize the American people of today. We are no longer a proud nation. We have allowed our politicians and schools to brainwash us into being ashamed of our past and our bountiful lifestyle. We are being encouraged to be proud of our differences instead of our common bond of being Americans.. We're constantly reminded that we're black with Black History Month or that we're Hispanic with nothing by Spanish primers on Disney of all channels, etc., instead of trying to foster a common pride based on being Americans.. We're so guilt ridden that we're not even willing to make English our national language because it may hurt the feeling of our invaders... Nope, no longer a country worth fighting for.

    When i get thanked for my service...normally once or twice when I make a trip to my hometown...i tell them that its not a problem and that its my pleasure. However my friend i have to agree with your statement and at the same time disagree with it. I completely agree (and have been preaching on my ship for the last 3 years) that if we would simply forget the differences and begin 'celebrating' (hate that term in this context) the way that we are all the same then a lot of the social issues haunting our culture would fall by the wayside.

    However, there is still something worth fighting for. Have liberals and moonbats and the apathetic in the population taken over, absolutely...only in a few cases have they not. however there are still people of sense out there, and the number is not small. There are still principals that are still worth fighting for, and if necessary dying for.

    I swore an oath to support and defend the constitution of the united states. That document alone is what I have faith in anymore, and sooner or later it will be re-asserted as the guiding principal of the way government operates and politicians behave, of this I have no doubt. There is still some strength left in the people of this country...however small...but it is still there and that, is what is still worth fighting for because to them, it makes all the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CorwinK View Post
    When i get thanked for my service...normally once or twice when I make a trip to my hometown...i tell them that its not a problem and that its my pleasure. However my friend i have to agree with your statement and at the same time disagree with it. I completely agree (and have been preaching on my ship for the last 3 years) that if we would simply forget the differences and begin 'celebrating' (hate that term in this context) the way that we are all the same then a lot of the social issues haunting our culture would fall by the wayside.

    However, there is still something worth fighting for. Have liberals and moonbats and the apathetic in the population taken over, absolutely...only in a few cases have they not. however there are still people of sense out there, and the number is not small. There are still principals that are still worth fighting for, and if necessary dying for.

    I swore an oath to support and defend the constitution of the united states. That document alone is what I have faith in anymore, and sooner or later it will be re-asserted as the guiding principal of the way government operates and politicians behave, of this I have no doubt. There is still some strength left in the people of this country...however small...but it is still there and that, is what is still worth fighting for because to them, it makes all the difference.
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    It's happens to me on an occasional basis. When I was at home after Tech School doing Recruiter Assistance, I was stopped a few times in the mall and thanked. After returning from OEF, I barely paid for a meal or a drink when I went out while visiting my dad. It's happened on several other occasions, but nothing I can recall specifics on at the moment.

    I've never gone out of my way to show that I serve, and I always receive thanks humbly. It really is a nice thing. One thing that I am thankful of is that I've met many more people who have thanked me for my service, then those who have insulted me for it.
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