There are no words to express my gratitude to you. Peace and comfort to each and everyone of you. When I walk in the morning dew, I think of all of you. I know this is a very hard time for most of you on this holiday. When I look up at the moon, I think of you.
I know there are times when the moon was your connection to your loves ones back home while you were off fighting on foreign soil. I know your sleep is disturbed and
there are times you feel that uneasy feeling of helplessness but are still proud to have
served your country. You served and survived but that too has it's own set of demons, at least the surviving part.
You may be young , old, male, female, black, white, brown, red, yellow, gay,straight,
disabled, able, rich, or poor for it does not matter. You all share a common bond that no one can take from you. You share a history of brotherhood and sisterhood of patriotism with the brave and the courageous.
You deserve to be honored more than one day a year for your sacrafice, You need to be remembered as selfless individuals that lost friends and much of your health when you served this nation. You should always be rewarded with a job or pension or compensation and especially a home.
Your bodies should always be warm and your children fed. You should not have to worry about the next meal or the next med. I will always be standing in a corner in awe of your greatness and never forget any of you. I know there are thousands just like me. Be kind to yourselves. Be kind to your families and be kind to your spirit and never let the memory of the bad take you down.
Don't ever be ashamed to reach out
to people who can help you when you feel alone. Do not forget there are people who care for you and will try and guide you to help when you need it. On this Veterans Day,
please know there are many who see you as the deserving American heros that you are.
We need no yellow ribbons to remind us of your service or a flag waving to know of your many triumphs and tragedies. We know you as people willing to lay down their lives and their limbs and comfort for their oath to serve the people of The United States. Thank you is never enough. May God Bless you not just on Veterans Day but everyday
May peace come soon and I hope that one day we have the need to make less war and fewer combat veterans.