November 11

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation. – George Washington

Veterans Day. A US holiday to celebrate everyone who has served in the armed forces for their sacrifice and dedication. I’m thankful tonight for my brother-in-law who is currently in the Middle East on his third tour of duty–another year away. When he got to Kabul, he spent the first couple of evenings sleeping on benches. Instead of complaining, he said he was happy to have good food and was looking forward to a bed. He’s professional military and one of those men who knows exactly what he’s getting himself into, but does so willingly because he believes that what he’s doing matters. And he must be doing it well since he’s now a lieutenant colonel in the army. I know the military life is hard for my sister and her family. My brother-in-law spends a lot of time away, even when stationed in the States. I’m proud of him and my sister because dedication on that level is a family effort for them. His response to my sister’s Facebook post on her gratitude for his service today says it all: Without the families’ support, all of this would be hard!! So, the true sacrifice goes to the families left behind to take care of the home front until we come home.. Love You!!

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