|Image by David Wilson II|
I can safely say that many who have served or are currently serving their country experience the following:
Time lost with their family they can never regain
Missing out on important events, such as the birth of their child
The need to adapt to foreign places
Having to learn skills that are unique and often dangerous
Suffer loneliness, home sickness, fear and many other emotions
Are often the scapegoat for political views
Suffer lifelong injuries (physical, emotional and mental)
Have difficulties returning to civilian life
Or sadly, some never return at all
While there are many positive aspects to serving in the military, as average citizens we should be mindful of all the sacrifices made by our veterans. I have family currently serving and I am very proud of them. Whenever I feel life gets too tough I remind myself of the difficulties faced by those in the military both past and present. Without fail I am able to put my difficulties into perspective immediately.
So raise a flag...hug a veteran...say a prayer...but most importantly, say THANK YOU for a debt we can never repay.
Thanking veterans everywhere for their service,