Do something for a Veteran …
As we move deeper into autumn and winter like weather, most if not all Americans, recognize Veterans Day. I am not sure most or any employers in the Private Sector do though – just saying! My mind is on many things but the news and many Veteran Day ads on TV have brought back memories of my brother. My brother was, a Marine, a phenomenal artist and promising professional football athlete who got drafted in high school under the old laws of mandatory military service, he was of age with no option to say no contrary to some upper class mostly white men who begged and received many deferments. I know he was an exceptional soldier, we all hoped for the best, always prayed, knowing the end result of war he and his fellow soldiers and friends were subjected to back then almost always meant injuries, mental health issues and possibly death. He and his fellow Soldiers served the best they could, he earned medals at the cost of having a pace maker, his body was heavily grafted and his hand mangled from protecting his men when a land mine blew up. I will admit, say he made some terrible mistakes during and after his years in service; he suffered from all that he endured in the Vietnam War like so many other Soldiers in the name of “Military Service” which was forced upon so many young men unable to vote or drink, some die while others are still unable to get the help they so need. He was far from perfect, but our family loved and are very proud of him … peace and love bro. on Veterans day.
Thinking of all the Military the great Patriotic people who have chosen to serve and protect our country in some form lived and died with a great sense of pride to have been in the Military, and we should thank them all for keeping us safe.