Am I the only one who is sick and tired of hearing "Thank you for your service?"
When I joined the Army in 1981, the military was still enduring the post-Vietnam slump and was not held in high regard. My friends thought I'd gone nuts, gotten busted, etc. This was right when Reagan was elected and by 1985 when I got out, things were much better but people didn't really go out of their way.
I feel bad for the Vietnam vets who got spat on or otherwise abused, and it breaks my heart to see a guy who has been badly wounded or when I attend a funeral.
But while well-meaning, this is starting to bug me. Go be a good citizen, raise good kids, pay your taxes, live a good life. This pro-forma statement isn't working for me. Now get off my lawn......