"Thank you for your service" feels too distant, insincere. The dry kiss of a politician and the muffled clap on your back. It wasn't service you gave. It was your life. Whatever invitations lay behind. Whatever rhetoric colors the narrative ahead. Your minutes, hours, days, months, years YOURS. your breath. And now your memories. Not all BAD. Some numb. Some overflowing with feelings. I don't want to romanticize or glorify. JUST LISTEN. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for staying strong through everything you have been put through. Keep going because the only way to go from here is forward.
Thank you for sharing your story. It takes courage to open up a part of yourself for the world to see. It benefits us to hear you and I hope it benefits you to be able to share.
Thank you for your sacrifice !
I want you to know that I and everyone...millions...look up to you. I don't want you to ever give up because I believe in you. I know it's hard and we will never understand but promise me you will never give up.
Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for working towards a better future for the world and joining something bigger than yourself. No one can understand your experiences but you, but I do hope to show appreciation for your work and dedication.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I wish you peace and healing and love.
YOU MATTER .
Thank you for your sacrifice! Not everyone could do what you have done. May God bless you + reward you for your loyal service to our country.
Like all challenges in life, our trials can often seem like they are ours + ours alone to carry. No matter the comforts someone else provides, these feelings are nonetheless mostly our own. I want to just say that the sacrifices you have made are appreciated by many of us + I hope every veteran I treat as a physician is able to gain something positive from our interaction, as I know I will from them. THANK YOU.
Thank you for your awesome bravery. I hope your healing is every bit as brave and that your life is full and happy, healthy + strong.
WE CARE ABOUT YOU. Your stories, your struggles, your experiences. It matters. We want to hear you. Thank you for your sacrifice.
I appreciate all that you do for us. Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice. I wish you all the best for you and your family! Much love!
I cannot imagine what you have been through, but I hope that you know you are not alone in this world. There are so many people that want to listen and understand you, and to be helpful in any way that you need. People do exist that will listen + try their best not to judge. People do exist that respect your bravery and sacrifice, for your country, your fellow vets, and your friends/family.
Moving forward, I will try to listen rather than assume. Your story is unique and worth sharing.
I'll never truly understand what it is to live as a veteran. What I do understand is no matter what people have experienced or witnessed, they will always be loved. Your bravery and sacrifice inspires me to think wider, love broader, and give back freely. Thank you for your selflessness.
Thank you for your sacrifice. It doesn't matter why you chose to join the U.S. military, but as someone who will probably never be a part of an arm of our military, I thank you. I wholeheartedly respect your undeniable selflessness and courage. You deserve to be recognized as a hero, regardless of your role and how big or small you felt your role played in securing our freedom and rights or helping underserved nations with their struggles. Thank You!
Thank you for your sacrifice. I know that I will never fully understand your struggles and experiences, but I will do my best as a health care provider & a human being to listen & support you.
You have sacrificed more than I could ever know or hope to understand. Your life is so important, so unique, and worthy of respect and love. You are not alone. Though we may not understand, you have support from civilians. There is hope, because you are not alone. You are strong, even if you don't feel that way sometimes. I LOVE YOU.
I just want to say that I see you under that uniform. I see you. You're my mother and father, my brother and sister. And I appreciate your strength. Me and so many others, more than you know.