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Wakeup: part deux

I sent out a mass e-mail the other day announcing that I am getting out of the army, and including the same paragraph from my resignation letter that I posted in a previous journal entry.

Unexpectedly, I have received a large number of replies — a whole bunch of “thank you for serving!” mails and a few extraordinarily kind replies from some fellow soldiers.

I honestly don’t know what to say; I’m flattered and honored to have elicited such a response. Indeed, I don’t feel like I really deserve it. Sure, I was deployed for a year, but in comparison to many, many others, my deployment was tremendously easy. There are thousands of others who have endured far greater hardship than me.

I can say from experience that it’s always great when someone thanks you for serving. This has happened to me several times when I was walking around in public areas with my uniform on — some random stranger comes up and just says “thanks,” or something similar. We serve at the pleasure of the president, and the president serves you, the citizen. So when you, our commander-in-chief’s boss, tell us “thanks,” that really makes the whole job worthwhile. It certainly isn’t the pay or the lifestyle! (recall previous journal entries about my soldiers being eligible for food stamps) I can tell you that every military person definitely appreciates it when you do that.

So the next time you see a service member in public, thank them. You don’t need to make a big show; a quick, “Hey, just wanted to say ‘thanks’ for serving…” will do.

It’ll go farther than you can imagine.


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