I recently saw a man wearing a t-shirt that said "Don't thank me" while at the VA hospital here in Indianapolis. It made me laugh a little.
Whenever someone new meets my husband and finds out he served in the Army, most of the time, they thank him for his service. (and sometimes I get a thank you as well - I'm not a veteran and don't pretend to be, but I'll take a thank you for putting up with the army's demands and craziness anytime -- that's another post entirely!)
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I can't say I 100% know why the man was wearing the shirt - but it made me think - I know that they, they being the veterans, hear it often and some days I'm sure it sounds hollow. It was their duty to serve. Being thanked a thousand times by strangers, after you suffered something traumatic, might sometimes be annoying.
Who knows? But guess what? I didn't thank him. I did smile, though... his shirt didn't tell me not to do that!
Since my husband and I have been back in the civilian world (aka: post-military life), I've felt a little lost and missing a lot of the little things that living on a military post, surrounded by other military members - our army family, offered.
Our friends were literally our family. Most of us lived hundreds of miles away from blood family. If your family lives in another state, you totally get how isolating that can feel, especially around holidays or birthdays.
If anyone was in crisis, there was someone there making meals or watching kids. I had invites to all of my friends' kids activities and we spent a lot of our free-time together, if not having "mandatory fun-time" with our respective units. Hugs were a typical greeting, even if you just met someone - and if you didn't greet them hello with a hug, you definitely left with one.
The daily bugle calls over the loud speakers across post gave us a sense of forward momentum and a constant reminder of what time of day it was. More than not, I would grimace at the sound of the 0630 bugle call blaring through our windows (and walls - who made those things so loud, anyway!?) - but now I kinda sorta miss them. Who knew I'd miss all the day-to-day things that were so second nature!? So whether you are in the army/military, or out, what I'm trying to say is, I get you.
I'm slowly coming out of the haze that resides between army and civilian life and I realize that I'm not nearly involved enough in giving back to the military and first responder community.
With that said, starting today, all sessions will be discounted 10% (before tax) for active duty, reserve and retired military (with proper id) as well as EMT, Firefighters, Police Officers, including reserves and volunteer - there's no expiration on this discount. It's my way of saying thank you - whether you want to be thanked or not ;) for everything you have done and continue to do.
Please contact me if you have ANY questions about whether or not you or your spouse/partner would qualify. Discount does not apply to any prints or products.