I was taken flat aback today. I was in town on my lunch hour getting some shoes for my eldest when a random woman - possibly middle eastern - stopped and asked if I'd been to Iraq. (I was in uniform as I'm working at the TAC at the moment.) When I said that I had she just said, "Thank you for what you do," and went on her way. I was almost speechless and could only mumble that's alright. I have to say it left me a bit choked and seeing as we get precious little thanks from our own countrymen it somehow made it all seem worthwhile.