Yesterday was Veteran’s day here in the United States of America. This is a day we set aside in this country to honor our men and women who take up the mantel of protecting our great country. Those who have served with honor and have made it home.
There are so many in my family, we go back centuries in this country. I am so proud of the men and women who have fought for the freedoms of this country. The very freedoms we enjoy to this day.
I have brothers, a nephew, cousins and uncles and an ex-father-in-law who have all served this country with honor. Before them, in the very first Continental Army, my ancestor proudly fought for the freedom to form this country.
I have a multitude of friends who have proudly served this country. Taken the oath to protect the Constitution that formed this very land of liberty.
Without them we would fall to anarchy, socialism and complete chaos.
On Veteran’s day and every day we should be honoring them and protecting their legacy of service.
Some made the ultimate sacrifice, those we honor on Memorial Day.
Veteran’s Day we honor the ones that made it home, what we forget is what they bring home with them.
In some cases they bring home PTSD, in some cases they bring home incurable diseases (agent orange in Vietnam took one of my uncles after he came home). In some cases they come home to homelessness, loss of family, divorce and no support from the very government they chose to protect.
We have to do better for our Veteran brothers and sisters. We have to promise to protect them once they are done protecting us. We have to ask ourselves why is our government prioritizing illegal aliens over our veterans? We have to ask ourselves why we have so many veterans that need homes, mental health services and yet we give free services to people who break our laws and come here illegally.
We have to do better, we have to rise up as one and protect the ones that chose to protect us.
When we, as Americans realize that the need to come together as one and stand for what this country was founded on, we are an unstoppable force.
To all of my family members, friends and colleagues that have served this great country in our Armed services, I solute you. You deserve all of the opportunities that are to be had in this country. You should come first and foremost, before people who break our laws.
I stand and solute you, I pray for your safety and every day you should have first place in line for, well, everything.
My grandmother saw all five of her sons go off to war, the majority of those fought in WWII, one in Vietnam. She saw grandsons go after that, I can’t imagine what she felt having to say goodbye to her sons, never knowing if she would see them again.
Thankfully they all came home, she did get to see them again. However, she had to watch helplessly as some never recovered from their time in service.
Love of country is something that has always been instilled in Americans since before birth. We need to instill that in our children and their children.