Across the world today, people are celebrating Veteran’s Day, each one seeing it completely different than the next. If I surveyed 100 people and asked them to describe what a veteran looked like, I imagine I would get 100 different answers. Some may answer, an elderly senior citizen man with white hair that served in World War II, or a young man back from Iraq that is missing his legs due to combat, another might answer my granddad is a Vet or my aunt is a vet and yet another may have the answer my son is a veteran and did not make it back alive. You see each person sees the term veteran completely different as the next person. If someone asked me to describe Veteran I would conjure up more than one picture in my mind but I might surprise you at one of them. One would be an image of a 50+ year old woman with 2 grown children. Yep that’s me! I served in the US Navy for 4 years. I met my husband of 28 years there while he was serving in the Army.
We were blessed to serve and even more blessed to serve during the few years in the history of the USA when we were not actively at war. We served in the late 80’s. It really was not hard for me to sign up and enlist. However, I wonder if there was a war going on or in today’s chaotic world would I still have enlisted? I will never really know the answer to that but I am so thankful for all those that step forward to continue to defend our country in these troubling days. The world has changed quite dramatically since my military days, now a days even police and firefighters are putting their lives in harm’s way by putting on a uniform. I am so thankful for those that have served and continue to serve and protect our country from harm and danger. My heart is with the families that cannot look at today as a Happy Veteran’s Day or a celebration but instead have a hurt that goes way deeper than I could ever imagine. I would like to leave with a very sincere thank you to all who have served and to their families.
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