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Act first. Thank me second.

November 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Today is Veteran’s day, and rightfully my fellow veterans and I have been showered with thanks, from Facebook & Twitter posts, to internal work emails, to the always appreciated in-person shake-of-the-hand. This has been an annual affair for several years now, and one that I do appreciate.

But I wish it would come second.

Why? Because, while it is nice to be appreciated, I don’t really need the thanks. That is not to say I don’t want people showing appreciation for the service given by my brethren and me. In fact, I REALLY want you to show that appreciation. But I prefer your expression of thanks directly to me to be secondary, only after you have first shown appreciation with action.

It is my wish that everyone that posted, tweeted, emailed, etc. that they appreciate my and others’ service would instead take the time to contact their representatives in the House and Senate to tell them to stop monkeying around with veterans’ medical care, retirees’ benefits, and the pay & other compensation for our active, guard, and reserve forces.

Further, it is my wish for every company offering free food, services, and other goodies to veterans today to instead donate the money spent on them to organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, the Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, etc.

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