Thank You, Honored Veteran

“Just as the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28)

I am not much of a TV watcher, but recently saw a few ads seeking (worthy) support for our wounded veterans. Many ads vie for your dollar, but this one certainly caught my attention, interest and respect. Here’s why:

  • This veteran either enlisted voluntarily or was drafted.
  • This veteran obeyed orders in spite of personal feelings.
  • This veteran risked life or limb for the love of his country.
  • This veteran gave it all he had.
  • This veteran often encountered danger with fortitude and resolve.
  • This veteran many times came home to a broken family.
  • This veteran was humiliated and despised by haters of our country.
  • This veteran at times was unable to find or hold down a job when he returned from active duty.
  • This veteran needed medical and mental help after what he experienced.
  • This veteran had your freedom in mind and heart.

No, this is not a commercial and I am not soliciting for financial support. I just want you to think of honoring the veteran for who he is, what he has done and what he represents! After all, would you have served? Would you have volunteered? Would you have been willing to suffer deprivation? Do you understood the price of being a free person? Would you have been willing to leave personal comforts, family, friends and conveniences behind? Would you have been willing to engage the unknown? Would you have been willing to confront the enemy abroad or the status quo at home?

This article is to salute our veterans! If anyone deserves our respect and appreciation, it is the veteran! The least you can do is to thank him whenever you meet him. Just a few weeks ago I saw a woman helping a veteran get into his specially equipped van stationed by the grocery store. I placed the groceries I had just purchased in my car and returned to tell this handicapped/wounded man, “THANK YOU!” Won’t you do the same!

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