What a Thank You Means to a Veteran

Veteran dad and daughter

Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military — in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to THANK living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served — not only those who died — have sacrificed and done their duty.

When asked what a thank you means to him, Lieutenant Commander Kyle Chance said:

Your thank you means thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for missed holidays, missed births, missed special occasions, missed anniversaries, missed sporting events, missed hugs and kisses, and missed time.

It means thanks for answering the call on someone else’s behalf.

It means thanks for fighting for those who can’t defend themselves.

It’s a thanks that warms a warrior’s heart, a sign of gratitude for our freedom. A shared love for our nation.

Thanks genuinely means I see YOU and honor what you’ve done.

A thank you can go a long way — just two short words, a smile, and eye contact can change someone’s day.

LCDR Chance has been serving in the U.S. Navy since 2010. He is a Jacksonville dad to Charlotte, 9, and Hux, 5, and husband to Jacksonville Mom contributor, Allison Chance.

Our sincerest thank you to LCDR Chance and all veterans for their service and sacrifice today and every day.

Veteran and his family Photo Credit: Sarah Kappes Photography

Allison Chance
Born and raised in a small town in Central Florida, Allison Chance had the rare experience of living in the same home her entire life — that is, until she became a military spouse and experienced the excitement and uncertainty of relocating eight times in 10 years. Allison graduated from the University of Florida and it was a sorority/fraternity social that brought her and her husband, Kyle, together. Their daughter Charlotte, 7, was born in Hawaii and their son Hux, 3, was born in Monterey, CA. Allison is the founder of Anchored Real Estate Group, a boutique real estate firm with a reputation for providing clients the personalized, professional service they deserve. She is truly passionate about real estate and helping others and gets to merge both by offering a rebate program for those who serve the community when buying or selling a home. When she isn’t showing homes or negotiating real estate transactions, you can find her on her yoga mat!


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