*approaches soapbox*

To all Veterans, Past and Present, and to those who will choose to protect our freedoms well into the future … a “Thank You” is simply NOT enough, although it may be all I have to offer. A simple thank you, along with the promise to do my best to see that each and every Veteran is taken care of, no matter their needs.

There are very few times in my lifespan that I have felt shame to be an American citizen. When it comes to Veterans and their well-being, I feel greatly ashamed for how, not only the government handles Veterans and their care following service, but to each and every one of us … civilians, who fail to motivate to their ever-growing need for aid and assistance.Β 

Thousands of young men and woman return home each month with the ravages and horrific instances from war on their restless minds, and as they try to reassimilate to “regular life”, many end up exiting this world of their own hand, to escape the atrocities that haunt them. Why are WE THE PEOPLE not doing more to support these glorious souls? Why do we stand silent under the waving flag, as they stand above protecting us? There is more each of us can do to assure the health and safety of our Veterans. It should not be a chore, it should be part of your moral fiber as a human being.

However heartfelt, the words “Thank You” are just not enough to say to our Veterans and the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the Freedom of these United States of America.

No matter your political persuasions, your religious/spiritual affiliations or your lack there of, or your lack you might have for our nation’s pride … one cannot simply ignore and fail to appreciate, celebrate and hail as heroes, those who have chosen a path to defend the ideals, morals, beliefs, interests and freedom of our nation and it’s people.

So today (and every day) I love and celebrate all who have served. If nowhere else but in my heart and mind, you are NOT forgotten.

If you’ve made it all the way here, thank you for taking a moment to listen … Happy Veterans Day!

*If you are, or know of a Veteran in crisis … please contact:

The Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

Emergency Help is available 24 hours a day.

*steps down off soapbox*