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Posttraumatic Stress, Anxiety, and Veterans Day

By Ian Lisman, MPP, Senior Program Associate, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

Every November, the world celebrates Armistice Day, better known as Veterans Day in the United States. The way we recognize Veterans Day in the United States is a celebration of all things military, a day for remembrance, and a time to thank those veterans in our lives.
The common salutation that veterans receive on this day is, “Thank you for your service.” I’ve struggled for years with exactly how to reply to this. I appreciate the recognition for my service, but a simple “you’re welcome” just seems trite and ill-fitting. My own mixed feelings about United States military involvement, particularly in the context of my own service and the ongoing conflicts around the world, make it even harder to address this salutation without some stressors attached to it.

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