Veterans Day Request - from a Veteran November 10 2016

As Veteran’s day falls upon us, it presents a good opportunity to reflect upon this great nation, where we have been, are and will be.

History has shown veterans repeatedly answering the call from our nation’s leadership.  Going where others won’t, without question, because they understand the oath taken to protect and promote freedom across the world. 

Presently, veterans find themselves in a struggle to rehabilitate from physical and mental injuries.  There is the additional stress of re-calibrating skill-sets honed from military service towards productive economic careers.  These challenges come with the territory and responsibility of defending the world’s greatest nation.  But hope and resilience runs full here.  As my wife and I have learned through our small sock company, there are a slew of wonderful Veteran support groups and non-profits that are stepping up to help our brothers and sisters in arms. 

Moving forward our nation will struggle to maintain the peace and democracy, so imperative towards progress, both at home and throughout the globe.  On that end, we veterans and civilians can rest easy, knowing that we have the finest all volunteer military in the history of the world.  We have a military comprised of the nation’s best trained, most capable, and dedicated service men and women in the planet.

As a nation handling uncertainty, division and very real economic hardships, I encourage everyone to consider the following: The past, present and future sacrifice of our military members allows for the most fundamental precept of any great nation – freedom.  As a former military member turned civilian, it is easy to recognize that our military success in preserving security and freedom over the world is only possible due to the unification and dedication of the diverse volunteers that make it so.  So while we civilians rightly should recognize and appreciate our veteran’s efforts, we should also embrace our great diversity of ideas, cultures and backgrounds, and unite for the common goal of making the world a better place.