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What do service men & women think when strangers come up to them & thank them in public?

I see service men & women out all the time, and it makes my chest swell up, & I would like them to know I appreciate what they do, how do i express my gratitude? Many are very humble & just see it as a job & get red in the face.

Asked By: xtina - 1/22/2009
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They see their service in the U.S. Armed Forces as a job and when someone thanks them for 'doing their job,' they get embarrassed. When ever I go through the gate at one of the many bases here in S.E. Virginia and a military person is on the gate, after I show them my ID I ALWAYS say, "Thank you for serving our... More
Answered By: THEAmericanPatriot - 1/22/2009
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They do see it as a job, and they do get red in the face, but believe me, they really, truly appreciate the kind words. They like knowing that people think about them and support them.
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Answered By: Happy-2 - 1/22/2009
 
Guess it depends on the service person. In my experiences, I've seen some just lap up the attention (even if they were really de facto screwups during their enlistments), but most are considerably more modest...especially if they really did do something outstanding or noteworthy... More
Answered By: Musica - 1/22/2009
 
Just because you see someone in uniform you cry and get proud? How do you know they actually LIKE their job or are doing anything important?
Answered By: <3 - 1/22/2009
 
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