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Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting and talking with veterans throughout the day. As they came into my place of work, I had the opportunity to thank them for their service and find out a little about them.
Some of the veterans were easy to spot, wearing hats that said “Korean War Veteran” or “Vietnam Veteran” or simply “Veteran.” These were mostly the older gentlemen. The younger veterans were harder to spot. Probably because of their short haircuts and nice manners. When asked if they were veterans, all of them smiled shyly and simply said “yes.”
In one instance I had two veterans sitting side-by-side at different tables. Neither knew the other was a veteran. They posed for a picture together. Two generations. Two different wars.
One veteran in particular had a hard time when I thanked him for his service. He paused for a long moment, took a deep breath and sighed lightly and simply said “thank you.” On his way out the door, he and his wife both talked with me. This man was a Vietnam veteran. He was of slight stature and explained that he was always very embarrassed to tell anyone he was a veteran. He was embarrassed of his service and embarrassed to admit he served in the “forgotten war.” He mentioned that when he came home from Vietnam he was spit on and called vile names. His wife told me that it was merely four years ago that he would even admit he was a veteran; that only recently have people begun to look at those who served in the Vietnam War with kindness and gratitude. His wife said it was a long time in coming, over 40 years in fact. He told me that my simple thank you for his service had touched him deeply.
I know I’ve heard these things before, whether by reading them or hearing such stories on the news, but hearing them firsthand from someone who experienced the war personally deeply affected me. I hope our country as a whole never forgets what being a veteran means or forgets to simply thank veterans for their service.

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