This week’s focus point…Veterans Day SpecialUncle Sam

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, I didn’t have the proper perspective or respect for the military and our veterans. Ironic as my father was a World War II veteran, who served 30 years in the Navy. I lived in a Navy town and owed much of my comfort in life to money that was earned through the Navy. It was post-Vietnam and although too young to remember that struggle, the carryover effect was real.

My personal “conversation” came during the Gulf War and Desert Storm. Now a young adult with small children, I recall vividly watching on live television the conflict. I had friends serving. And for really the very first time, I gained a true view of how my family and I were being protected by people just like me that dedicated their lives to putting themselves in harm’s way for me and the rest of our country.

Today, I want to honor Dad for his 30 years of selfless service and his tenure in World War II, for which he left school at 17 years old on February 11, 1942 to join. I also humbly honor others in my life that served – my father-in law, brother-in-law, two sister-in-laws and countless other relatives and friends. It’s something I never did, yet I always knew my family and I were being protected, which is more than most people around the world outside the Unites States can say. To all of you on this Veterans Day….

Thank you for your service.

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“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” 

~ Woodrow Wilson

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