Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day 2015

It has rolled around again. A day to thank and think of the men and women who have served their country in war and peace. Veteran's Day in the USA and Remembrance Day in Canada. The past two decades have seen conflicts all around the world and most Americans today, know someone personally who has served in one of the trouble spots. I say many times, Thank you and thank you.

"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow of the man who leads that gains the victory." General George Patton

There will be parades today and special ceremonies. Government offices may be closed but there are many organizations that think of our veterans throughout the year. One of the projects our family supports is Wounded Warrior Project. There are local fundraisers we contribute to every year. Our former neighbor, a young man of only 24, suffered a serious foot injury in Afghanistan more than three years ago. He's still has some surgeries scheduled to improve his mobility. Our local branch of Wounded Warriors has helped him with his housing needs since his rehab and many medical procedures makes it impossible for him to hold a full time job. And there are many warriors out there with much more serious issues.  You can check the WWP site for events in your local area.

"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."  Theodore Roosevelt

As the holiday seasons approach, I hope you find it in your heart to help out a veteran is some way. This is more than a day off work or a day to complain of no mail.

Do you support veteran's in any way? Are there veterans in your family or circle of friends?

I'm going to finish this day off by reading more short stories for the IWSG anthology. It would be so much easier if they all weren't so good!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wounded Warriors is such a good group. Glad they are helping that young man.
My father served in Vietnam.
I'm just hoping I make it through all of the stories by next week!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My father was a WWII vet and served in the Navy.

That's wonderful the organization is taking care of your former neighbor. So young.

betty said...

My father in law served in the Navy for 24 years; my father served in the Polish army in World War II and was a prisoner of war for a period of time. Always good to have organizations like Wounded Warriors to help those who serve us and need that extra help when they are injured in their service.


Pat Hatt said...

Great organization it sounds like indeed. Hopefully your neighbor will get more mobility back with the surgeries.

Does anyone complain about not getting mail anymore though? haha

Arlee Bird said...

I wish we had a world where there was no such thing as war or war veterans, but sadly that can't be. I contribute to vets organizations. I don't know too many vets personally, though I do know 3 WWII vets--they're all pretty old.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Liza said...

Raising my cup in toast to all the veterans in my life, living or not, who have kept my world whole.

Jo said...

My father served during the second world war. He trained pilots in, what was then Rhodesia, and then when he returned to the UK, he flew transport command.

nashvillecats2 said...

So many people paid with their lives for their country during wars and conflicts,
Only appropriate that we remember them.

Chrys Fey said...

This is a great post! We need to do more for our veterans.

M Pax said...

My husband is a veteran, and we know several veterans who have recently returned home. They seem OK, then they're not. They really need way more support than they're getting. I have a fellow writer who is a veteran too.

Robin said...

We have so many veterans with issues. It really makes my heart sad.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan - thanks for your comment on my blog. You've written a very pertinent post about how we can help service personnel - whatever age ... we just need to remember them and what they've done for us ... thanks - Hilary

Elise Fallson said...

My father is a veteran and I made sure to send him a special message as I do every year, and it always makes me wish we lived closer. I wish our country took better care of our veterans.

Unknown said...

happy birthday!! I totally want a flashdrive shaped like a dagger. Big time envy going on here :)