As many of you know, November 11th is Veterans Day. Most of us, even if not Veterans, have friends, family, and neighbors who have served in the United States Armed Forces. No matter what your political bent, however you feel about the costs of war, it is without a doubt that these brave men and women have put their lives on the line, and sometimes made the ultimate sacrifice, in defense of freedom and liberty.
Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and Guardsmen dedicate their lives to something higher than oneself, the ideals of democracy and the American way. For that, we honor them, even though our humble thanks cannot compare to the sacrifices they have made in times of great difficulty throughout our country’s history. I’ve asked some of our readers to post, in their own words, how they’d like to thank our Veterans. Some of their responses are listed below:
I make it a point to thank a veteran when I see they are wearing a hat or jacket stating where or when they served. When I lost my job a few months ago, I was fixing lawn mowers for a few extra bucks, and I found one on Free Cycle that someone was giving away that needed repair.
This gentleman fought in Vietnam and I thanked him for his service. His response was “Well, you’re about 30 years too late.” I told him if I was there 30 years ago, I would have responded the same way. He explained how he was never able to get the right treatments back home, and he resented the way he was treated during the first 10 years back from Vietnam. He said “You folks just don’t understand how good it is here, and that we veterans aren’t asking for much in return.”
After hearing about this, I’ve gotten involved in working to get folks in our local legislature who won’t cut funding for our veterans, who gave life and limb for our freedoms, who truly aren’t asking for much in return.