I had an uncle who returned from World War II with a great sadness and immense respect for those who didn't return, and a lifelong commitment to help his fellow military personnel and their families. Throughout the years my uncle was consistently active in his VFW post. He organized events for the post, ran errands for those veterans who had challenges getting around, and collected canned goods and toys at Christmas time.
After my uncle retired from his carpentry job, he would drive Vets who could no longer drive themselves to their doctor's appointments, and he spent a couple afternoons during the week reading to those who lived in the VA nursing home. My uncle would eventually become a resident of that same nursing home, and he passed away this summer at the age of 89.
There are few greater sacrifices one could make than to leave his/her home and family, go off to a strange country, and make it their mission to keep those of us who live in this country safe.
Two simple words mean a lot to folks who deserve to hear them. So, not only on November 11th, but any day you happen to pass one of our military members, please don’t forget to say those two words. The words, “thank you.”
If you like information on organizations that help our military service personnel, I've noted a few websites.
Disabled American Veterans
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Wounded Warrior Project
The Veterans Site
USO (United Service Organization)
If you have a Veterans' organization that you'd like to add to this list, please feel free to note in the comment section. If you have a story to tell about your special Veteran, please share. We'd love to hear it.
Have a great week, Everyone!
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