Archive | November, 2014

Happy Veteran’s Day

11 Nov

I want to take the time to send a big

THANK YOU

to all of our Nation’s Veterans.  YOU are the reason we have the freedom to be able to do the things we love and voice our own opinions.

 

The courage and sacrifice that it takes to be a soldier should never go unnoticed.

If you see a member of our armed forces, today and every day,  please take the time out to thank them for protecting our great nation.  We civilians will never fully understand what it means to truly serve our country and know what these brave men and women see on a regular basis.  We will never fully know because THEY protect us from it.  They see and experience horrors that we can not even fathom…

…which is also why many of our soldiers come home with PTSD.  In fact, around 40% suffer from PTSD.  They think that they cannot seek help because they are supposed to be brave, to be the strong ones.  Being brave and strong does not mean you don’t need help every once in a while-it means you are human.  If you know a soldier that has been to war, reach out to them.  If they seem like they may have signs of PTSD (anger, sleeplessness, anxiety, loss of interest, excessive drinking, drug abuse, etc.) let them know that you are there for them and fully support them in getting help.  Go to this website for more information on PTSD in veterans.  After all, it is the least we can do after all they have done for us.

Also, please do not forget to thank the families of soldiers.  They may not be off physically fighting for our country but they too make sacrifices.  They watch and support their loved ones leaving for months, even years at a time while they stay here trying to carry on with their daily lives, not knowing if they will see their husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister again.  Imagine experiencing the joys of graduating, your wedding anniversary, your child taking their first steps, whatever it may be – without the ones you love being there to share the happiness with you.  We all know that has to be difficult to deal with for both the soldier and the family.

This couldn’t be the Land of the Free

Without the Home of the Brave.

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