I think I detect some pride -- Tell him that others (like me) appreciate his service. And BOY oh BOY can I relate...........I won't even go there, but will say the service makes you think about what's important -- Family & Country.
Your words give me chills. I can almost see it and feel it. I remember seeing my Father at graduation. When he wrapped his arms around me and gave me a bear hug, his eyes were all teared up. Thanks for bring back some good memories for me.