For the longest time, one of my brothers would call me on Veterans Day, usually first thing in the morning, to thank me for my service. I came to look forward to that call over the years, even though I knew well that I wasn't technically a Veteran. To be honest, he usually called me on Memorial Day too, and I clearly wasn't qualified for that call.
Now I am a Veteran--but no call. Not upset about it; I talk to him virtually every day anyway.
But I did have a co-worker stop by my office today and thank me for my service. It was much appreciated.