Don’t expect gratitude from a democratic government. They expect everything to occur just because they want it to happen. If you are running Special Intelligence Operations you are only valuable as long as you can execute successful missions.
You have to understand that appreciation is not a part of the package. They don’t care what condition you come back in. They only care if the mission was or was not successful. You never receive a word of thanks. You only get a handshake at best, and then only if you accomplished something very special.
You have to be strong enough to understand and take it as it is. They don’t care how dangerous it was. They don’t care how difficult it was. They don’t care how many people who went with you didn’t come back.
They only care if the mission is messed up and fails. The only reason they care then is that they have to setup another mission to go back in and make it occur like they want it to happen.
Gratitude is not something you should ever expect. Just go do the job and come back to do more missions for them.