A question for Ricochet's soldiers: How would you prefer to be welcomed home?
It's not just the thought that counts. Sometimes, expressions of love or gratitude are thoroughly annoying or poorly timed, due to differences in expectations and needs.
But it's impolite to complain about those expressions. So you keep silent and have to endure the same mistakes over and over again. Well, here's your chance to gently correct those of us who wish you well.
When you return from active duty, after months of adrenalin and anxiety, what do you hope for those first few hours, days, and weeks? Is the first or second day too soon for a party or gathering? Do you want to be social? Do you need activities, like sports, to help you wind down gradually? Or do you want to catch up on a month's sleep?
What irks you about everyday American life after weeks of struggles and horrors in a primitive hellhole? What small concessions might you ask of friends and family? Complain a little less about traffic and commercials? Be a little more active? Odds are, any changes made in gratitude will only last so long, but at least we can try to ease your transition back to the privileges of civilian life in the wealthiest nation on the planet.
Whine away. You earned it.