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How To Thank A Soldier, By George W. Bush

It is actually very easy.

Posted on July 3, 2013, at 10:58 a.m. ET

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We are a generation winding down from a decade of war.

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There is a really good chance you know someone who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Here are some nice ways to welcome them home or just say thank you.

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1. Look them in the eye and give them a firm handshake.

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No one appreciates a firm handshake more than a soldier.

2. If they prefer not to shake hands...

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...then a chest bump will do.

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Just make sure you do duckface afterward so they can laugh at you.

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3. Admire their medals. They were hard-earned.

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4. Always treat their families with great respect.

They have been through more than you could imagine.

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5. Laugh with them!

Laughter is a medicine that works 102% of the time.

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6. Sometimes it's important that you treat a soldier the way you would treat anyone else.

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7. If you know a soldier, call them on the 4th of July.

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It will make their day!

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8. Or you can Skype them.

9. Each soldier has an amazing story.

10. Listen.

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Listening is often the best gift you can give someone.

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11. Give them a hug!

Soldiers love getting hugged because most of them are big softies deep down.

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12. Do a sport with them.

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Soldiers love being active.

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President Bush golfs with wounded veterans at the Warrior Open tournament.

13. Make sure you are respectful.

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14. Cook them a big-ass dinner if you can. Lots of meat.

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15. But if you only have a minute, look them square in the eye...

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And say, "Thank you."

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We promise you they will appreciate it.

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Happy 4th of July!

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