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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

What do you say to honor a veteran?

As we celebrate Veteran's Day 2013, Army vet Chris Marvin is challenging me to rethink my standard response to meeting those who served in our military.

I had no idea that "Thank you for your service" made some vets feel uncomfortable or even unworthy. While it may be uncomfortable to have the discussion, I think it's important civilians find a way to show gratitude without causing pain or stress.

And let me throw this in: should "Thank you for your service" be reserved to those who were drafted, many against their will? It strikes me that some of the discomfort comes from people who volunteered and knew exactly what they were signing up for.

If you chose to join, were trained and were paid to it, does that deserve the same level of appreciation as 18- year-olds who "lost" the lottery and were sent halfway across the globe against their will?

I'd really like to hear from the vets out there to help us civvies get this right.

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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