Give thanks this Veterans Day
To all of the veterans who have served, I want to say thank you. I especially want to make sure our gold star families are recognized on this day. Your family’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.
I have a sense of camaraderie with those who serve our country, though, I myself have never served. My father served in the Air Force for 24 years and retired as a colonel. He had many jobs while in, but his most important was the intelligence work he did during Operation Enduring Freedom. He did a single tour in the Middle East, but also traveled extensively in Europe doing important intelligence work. He then went on to be promoted to director of logistics of the Air Force Special Operations Command. He retired from the Air Force several years ago and now works for Bell Helicopter as the Senior Manager Business Developer, selling V-22 Osprey’s to the Air Force.
My grandfather also served his country. He was in the Army during the Korean War and served as a typist for a general. My grandfather isn’t much of a “rough and tumble” sort of guy- he taught classical singing for over 60 years- but he remains grateful for what the Army gave him for his service. He was able to finish his bachelor’s degree after the war on the Army’s dime and later on, able to purchase a brand new home with a low interest rate because of the GI Bill.
My husband, too, serves his country. He was active duty Air Force for four years and is now a staff sergeant in the Air Force Reserves.
The men and women who serve our country truly know sacrifice and service above self.