Here are 3 letters of thanks that my shipmates and I received on return from our first deployment in 1972. These are from commanders way up the chain of command, but still affirmation that we did our job well. You’re welcome!
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As I mentioned in the Veterans Day 2011 article, the thanks for us were few and far between. For me, I just considered the benefits of being a vet as enough, nothing more. The state of Washington gave vets a check for $250 as a thanks for service. I went to 2 years of college on the GI Bill. That was a “thanks”. I had a brand new house built with help from the VA $0 down Home Loan Program. Thanks! I had a job where I went through an apprentice program and was eligible to receive a small check monthly for being a vet. Thanks! And now that my wife has retired and we dropped my insurance, I’m getting medical care from a VA Hospital. Another thank you!