If service personnel thought civilians were worthless, they wouldn't serve. I've had the pleasure in life to know a true war hero. A member of the 28th division who stormed the beach at Normandy. He talked about the French girls, the hospitality shown, and mostly about the coffee. Rarely would he talk about tthe fighting, but when he did, he invariably talked about the other members of what the Germans dubbed"the bloody bucket," because of the design of their emblem. He is gone now, but he is who I think of when I honor veterans. When you thank a veteran, be sure to include all of the brothers who didn't make it home to receive thanks of their own.