Whenever I see someone with some clue about them that they have served this great country (a hat, a pin, etc.), I take a moment to ask them about their service. Some have incredible stories to tell and some don't want to talk about it. I am always blessed by whatever these people have to say. Then I take another moment to thank them in a real and heartfelt way, because I do mean it and I can't imagine what my life might be like if they had never served.
Sometimes the most amazing thing about those who have served is how grateful they are for what the military has done for them in their own lives. I have seen and heard remarkable things about lives being transformed and opportunities had. No doubt about it, the people who serve the military are unique and usually meant for a special calling. I am humbled to have the chance to at least thank them and maybe be lucky enough to discover something about their story.