This article came as a shock to me. I’ve always been uncomfortable around people saying “Thank you” to veterans, not because I feel that they don’t deserve it, but for some other amorphous feeling that I couldn’t put into words. I understood the desire behind the words, but my heart wasn’t in the words and I felt guilty for it.
This article explains my discomfort better than I could.
A simple “Thank you” is trite, or can be construed as trite. It doesn’t even begin to express or comprehend the extent of the experiences veterans went through, and worse, sometimes it doesn’t even try. There’s no acknowledgement or true gratitude, just the superficial expression of gratitude.
Of course, not all veterans feel this way.