Welcome home, veterans!
Our country is facing a post-war environment for the first time in over 20 years. This will mean something different to the media, pentagon brass, intelligence agencies, defense contractors, dependents, caregivers, and, yes, service people.
In light of this moment and Veteran’s Day coming up, it’s time to think about supporting our veterans. Of course, the most common form of civilian support comes in the form of “thank you for your service.” As a veteran or service member, we typically struggle with how to respond, and while we know the gesture is meant to be polite, it is often an awkward exchange.
I recently retired from the Army and want to provide some perspective before Philadelphia’s Veterans Parade and Veteran’s Day, which is a time the city can come together for our service people.
There is one way civilians can provide support right now – and it’s by showing up and changing the message from “thank you” to “Welcome Home!”
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