According to Raughter, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, it’s best to thank a veteran for their service and then start listening, since if a veteran feels comfortable, they’ll open up more.
“This is not the time to express political beliefs or inquire about how many killings or fights they have participated in,” he remarked. “It is important to remember that Veterans Day is for all veterans, not just those who have been in combat.”
It is not encouraged, according to Raughter, to make a veteran feel less of a veteran if they were never deployed in the course of their military duty.
Shawn Brown, a U.S. Army veteran, told USA TODAY that individuals should avoid appearing as if they understand what a veteran has gone through.
“It gets under people’s skin, particularly if the veteran served in the trenches and lost siblings and sisters in combat,” Brown said.