To the veterans who served before our time…in wars, we can only imagine having gone through.
To the veterans who served while life was changing back at home…when they were not even sure what the future would bring.
To the veterans who served even when that meant leaving their loved ones for way too long…unsure of when they would be returning back home.
To the veterans who served when serving wasn’t the popular thing to do…putting on the uniform isn’t easy.
To the veterans who first left for Iraq and Afghanistan, before we even really knew what was going on…and going back time and time again.
To the veterans who joined after 9/11, even though they knew how much the world had changed on that day…and how things would never be the same.
To the veterans who served because their parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents did…and they knew joining the military would always be a part of their future.
To the veterans who are the first in their families to put on a uniform…and they truly are not totally sure what that will mean.
To the veterans who served as the first women in the military, paving the way for future generations…so that today, women in uniform are a regular part of military life.
To the veterans who served, even when serving seemed too hard…some roads to the military can be more complicated than others.
To the veterans who came back home…and will always remember those who didn’t.
To the veterans that get up every day to go to work, not sure if anyone they will see today can truly understand what they have gone through…and hoping that they can find the support they need.
To the veterans who keep serving, even in the smallest of ways…to help future generations.
To the veterans who never thought they would make it home…and to those who did but will never feel the same again.
To the veterans with all the stories, hoping that younger generations can truly understand the sacrifices that were made…and all the stories about the friendships made during our countries battles.
We can never thank any of you enough for what you have gone through and what you have done for our country. One day a year simply isn’t enough. We can learn so much from your years and your wisdom, and America would not be America without you.
Who are the veterans in your life???