The best way to thank a veteran for their service isn’t a handshake and a thank you. While certainly appreciated, Lt. Col. Gary Goodman,

professor of military science at the University of Delaware, said a “thank you for your service” doesn’t quite feel like enough.

Instead, he offers a simple suggestion: If you have the opportunity, ask that veteran about their service. What did they do?

What was their career field? What was it they enjoyed most about their time of service?

Those couple of minutes of interaction — of connection — will demonstrate an appreciation for that veteran far in excess of what a handshake and a thank you can provide,

Goodman said to the UD community on Thursday, Nov. 10, at a Veterans Day ceremony on The Green.

The event was organized by UD’s Biden Institute in partnership with the Division of Student Life and the Blue Hen Veterans (BHV) student organization.

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