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Old 11-10-2017, 06:07 PM
 
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I just began seeing a guy who is in the army reserves (was active previously). Even though I won't be able to see him, I want to recognize him tomorrow on Veteran's day. I feel like saying "thank you for your service" seems a little impersonal. Any other ideas on how to recognize his work?

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Old 11-10-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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I don't see anything wrong with "thank you for your service."

As long as it's sincere, the delivery and tone is more important than the actual words.
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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If you tell him you appreciate the sacrifices he's made and continues to make, I can't imagine that wouldn't be well-received.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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I'd give him beer.
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:41 AM
 
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Oh I recognize ppl every day,with a hi!

I chose to say 'well done!' to those that actively served in war zones or lost a loved one who was drafted. Those are the ones who served a purpose.
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:46 AM
 
Location: sumter
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I just began seeing a guy who is in the army reserves (was active previously). Even though I won't be able to see him, I want to recognize him tomorrow on Veteran's day. I feel like saying "thank you for your service" seems a little impersonal. Any other ideas on how to recognize his work?
I'm a veteran myself, and thank you for your service is just fine.
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:35 AM
 
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Maybe "Happy Veterans Day." The problems with "Thank you for your service" include that it is trite and over-worn to the point of patent phoniness. Also that in so many cases, the services that soldiers are most interested in are the ones being provided to them -- a paycheck, housing, health care, education benefits, and so on. We of course do need an ordered and disciplined military, and they may at times be asked to do difficult things, but the notion that the act of enlistment can turn "people" into "heroes" is about as Pollyanna-ish as it gets.
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:56 AM
 
Location: sumter
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It wont be a happy veterans day, for many veterans for many different reasons. For a veteran who just lost a spouse and making funeral arrangements, a veteran who is seriously ill, a veteran in surgery, a homeless veteran, a veteran in crisis, and many other reason. But, in spite of all theses situations, you can still say thank you for your service. As a vet, I get it all the time, it's fine and it doesn't bother me.
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:07 AM
 
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Oh I recognize ppl every day,with a hi!

I chose to say 'well done!' to those that actively served in war zones or lost a loved one who was drafted. Those are the ones who served a purpose.
What does this even mean?

Everyone who honorably served 'served a purpose'. This division among those who saw combat and those who did not does no one any good.

OP,

Don't listen to this person.

"Thank you for your service" is fine.
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Thank you for your service is fine. Though many of us never hear the words period. I nearly flipped one day at a gym. Someone I knew casually at that gym, actually came up to me and spoke those words. I don't live in that city anymore, but have never forgot that person on Veterans Day. It is a very nice feeling to be remembered. When you see that Veteran I'm sure your words will be very comforting.
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