Thanks for proving my point. You don't actually care about what the veteran thinks, you say "thanks" to make yourself feel better. Look at all those I's and my's in your comment, it's all about you.
#3 | POSTED BY QCP
I dont feel I proved your point at all. Growing up I was taught to appreciate their service. To understand the sacrifices my family members made. I dont feel any better after I do it than I did before hand, actually no different at all. I dont go out of my way to do so, I dont just see someone in a VA hat or something and go up and say thanks, that is awkward. Having been told what the actual veterans in my direct family thought (and cared how THEY felt) it never occurred to me that other vets would feel a thank you was out of line.
What exactly is "literally anything else"? My recently deceased uncle repeatedly put his life on the line in Vietnam. At his funeral we listened to other veterans talk about some of his heroic actions, and that one man who spoke was only alive because of him. My uncle never bragged about any of that, and it was the first glimpse we had of what he went through over there, but he did make sure we understood the sacrifice, and that we appreciated the men and women in service. Another uncle deals daily with PTSD from Vietnam. My family is full of military service in many different branches. None of them have ever expressed what you are now.