Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG)
By David K. Devaney SgtMaj USMC Retired
Most people who are paying any attention to our military know that less than 1% of Americans serve in uniform. That means 99% need to be educated about the military. WE need to make them understand why it so important to wear our uniforms with pride.
When a civilian comes up to you and “thanks you for your service” and you act like they are bothering you, you hurt us all. All you need to say is thank you; right back at them. I ALWAYS thank them for caring enough to thank me.
There are many vets now wearing shirts that say things like: dysfunctional vet, leave me alone; and others like it. The same vet will complain that no one cares; pretty ambiguous.
Why would any civilian care to say thank you to people who do not appreciate recognition. Understand that when you mistreat a civilian it reflects on us all. And, yeh, they tell their friends and family members, who tell other people, etc.
So please, if you are a vet, stop being a jerk to civilians who thank you for service.
Think about that…………
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