In response to Mr. William Zuehlke’s letter ("This veteran says thanks for thanking," July 11), first please accept my personal thank you for serving. I was in the U.S. Navy during what was arguably America’s least popular conflict. I went to Vietnam three different times while in the Navy. When I was discharged and returned to Salt Lake, I was struck by the apathy at best and downright hatred of veterans and the military at worst.
Over the years I have noticed a great turn around in the attitude of the American public toward the military and our veterans. I am not ashamed to now go out in public wearing a tee-shirt and/or ball cap proclaiming my Vietnam veteran status.
Like Mr. Zuehlke, I would like to express my thanks to all those who have thanked me for my service.
I currently work at the VA, and I see firsthand what a word of thanks and a smile can do for our veterans. Don’t wait for Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day. If you know a veteran, thank him/her.
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