Mad Medic tells why you shouldn’t pity him.
You know, I don’t know what is worse about being a Veteran, the idea that people pity me, or that they fear me. Neither is appropriate and yet I get both, sometimes from the same person when I admit to being a Veteran. I can deal with being thanked, it’s awkward, because I really don’t think I’ve done anything more than any EMT, Fireman or Policeman, but even with my usual flippant reply “don’t thank me thank my recruiter”, I always make sure to leave the citizen with the impression that it is appreciated.
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I have to admit, I’m one of those weird guys. Whenever I see a soldier in uniform, I will make it a point to politely thank them for their service. My question to all you vets — does this make you feel uncomfortable? Is there a better way I could approach things?