Let’s all take a moment – or several – to honor those who fought to preserve our freedom.
I thought you might like this piece by a veteran in US Defense Watch, which vividly describes what even vets who seem to be coping well face after they come home.
Here’s an excerpt:
Many vets experienced and saw and heard and did things unimaginable to the average person. They also lived a daily camaraderie that cannot be repeated in the civilian world. In fact, many vets spend the rest of their lives seeking the same esprit de corps that simply is absent from their civilian lives and jobs. They long to spend just 15 minutes back with the best friends they ever had, friends that are scattered to every corner of the earth, and some to the afterlife itself.
Vets are haunted by visions of horror and death, by guilt of somehow surviving and living the good life, when some they knew are gone. They strangely wish sometimes that they were back in those dreadful circumstances, not to experience the dirt and horror and terror and noise and violence again, but to be with the only people a vet really knows, other vets.
Civilians must understand that for a vet nothing is ever the same again.
“We must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.”
– Ronald Reagan
May we continue to have the courage in this great nation to maintain within our own land the freedom that is the source of our strength, our greatness, and our happiness. May God continue to watch over this single greatest nation in the history of the earth.
But God needs His helpers to watch over us. It is our veterans who, through their often thankless sacrifice, their forgotten bravery, and their untold courage, preserve our sacred freedom. I know all of you – many of you veterans yourselves – join me in simply saying, thank you. Thank you for your service to our nation, to our people. Thank you for keeping us free.