Here in the US people have developed a habit of saying “Thank you for your service” to members of our Armed forces, especially on traditional military holidays or when they are leaving the military. Sometimes these women and men appreciate the gratitude and sometimes they don’t because the people expressing this sentiment often do not understand what that “service” actually implies.

Having so many family members and friends in the military I am wary of delivering that phrase myself.

However, when I encounter someone like yourself who goes out of their way to volunteer to make the world a better place, I feel encumbered to say, “Thank you for your service, Ticapo."

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.

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