People thank members of the military. While this wasn't always true, or even popular, it is good to hear that we are appreciated.
I was talking to my wife the other day, and it breaks my heart to hear her problems. The car's broken. Cat(s) sick. Some asshole feels the need to make facist remarks to her about being a military spouse and supporting her husband through 15 months of hell and frustration.
I made a comment on something she wrote the other day, what I call the "Waiting Game", what spouses (there are military husbands) do when their significant other is off overseas, be it the Middle East, Asia, Europe, or Africa. (Note: locations withheld) I told her I couldn't imagine what it was like, and how I didn't think I had the strength to go through something like that.
Imagine waiting at home, no husband (or wife) to come home to. Ever. All the problems, the misery, the stress; all yours. It's like being a single parent without the benefit of being single. Everyday, you see the pictures of your loved one, wondering if (s)he is all right, that you haven't talked in a few days, that maybe you got in a fight on the phone, now your wondering... wondering... wondering...