Thank you isn’t enough, but it’s a start. Thank you for offering up every inch of yourself to serve and protect us, and others around the world.
Thank you for leaving home, work, family and friends to travel thousands of miles away, live in the most difficult of settings, eat food you wouldn’t normally choose, and put your “real” life on hold for days, months, years.
Thank you for being willing to be injured, even killed while serving and protecting us. Those of us living safely on American soil have no idea what you endure while on “tour.” To us, a tour means visiting a museum or a historical site to learn something. To you, a tour means work, difficult conditions, fear, boredom, protecting your buddies, helping the civilians in a far away country, taking a stand against evil.
Thank you for representing the best of America in lands that don’t welcome us, that hate what we stand for, that are determined to take us out. Your strength, courage, intelligence, and determination show the world what’s good about us – we care about protecting life, promoting freedom, fighting against injustice, and we’ll do what needs to be done for not only ourselves but others caught in the snare of evil.
Thank you for making the military a career, or completing one tour. For making it a lifestyle, for putting your home life on hold to do your part for whatever length of time you choose. Most of us don’t understand that kind of sacrifice, making that kind of choice.
Thank you isn’t enough.
To the rest of you, do something tangible to thank our veterans. Here are some ideas. I’ll be participating in several:
http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes (cards due by December 6 to be distributed to service members for the holidays)
http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/ (supporting female vets)
And check out my friend, and military vet, Joseph Courtemanche’s blog: http://commotioninthepews.com/?p=6092