To encourage and fortify relationships between military service members, veterans, their families, their friends, and their Country; to nurture the path of communication for everyone, ensuring that no one is alone or left behind; and proving that we have not, are not, and will never forget the nobility of their sacrifices.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I always assumed my best friend's husband tolerated me. After my best friend came back from vacation with her family I received this note from her husband.

Kris, you inspired me to do something while on vacation. While having breakfast one morning I noticed an older man and his wife sitting there. He was wearing an "army - retired" hat with unit pin and purple heart pin, obviously seen action. So I went up to him and thanked him for his service. He turned his hat around and showed me the POW pin. 3 years as a Korean war POW. It was incredible. So thank you Kris for helping me meet this man.

This is the sort of interaction I have every chance I get when I see anyone in a uniform, Veteran's Hat, Unit shirt, or Blue Star insignia. Knowing I've inspired others to follow my example and share the gratitude every American should feel for those who serve gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Have you ever voiced your gratitude? Was it a rewarding experience for you?

1 comment:

CI-Roller Dude said...

Everytime I'm out in public and see some old Vet with any kind of military hat on, I always say: "Nice hat!"
They usually look at me kind of funny then rememeber the hat they have on and say: "thanks."
If they have an Army hat, I ask what they did etc.
If they have a Marine hat on, I tell them I'm thankfull the Marines gave us ammo in Fallujah.