Op Ed # 644 On Veterans Day, November 11th, and Every Day, Americans Thank Veterans For Their Service in Defense of the Republic
By Capt Joseph R. John, November 11, 2023
On November 11th, Veterans Day, and every day, Americans are appreciative of Veterans for their service in the defense of the Republic, when they once were active-duty members of the US Armed Forces. On this day, we remember and “Honor” military personnel who gave their last full measure of devotion in defense of the Republic and were lost in combat.
Many Veterans are still suffering from the negative effects on their health, because of their service in the defense of the Republic. An average of 22 Veterans commit suicide each day. Many of those Veterans had been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or from a disabling wound received in combat on foreign fields of fire. Some Veterans who may not have been able to obtain timely or adequate medical treatment, or therapy to relieve the pain from their debilitating wounds or PTSD, eventually succumbed because of those wounds.
The overwhelming majority of 20 million Veterans in the United States are good hard-working citizens, who quietly go about their normal lives, support their families financially, provide the careful and loving guidance to properly raise their children, and are still ready to serve if called upon to defend the Republic. Veterans continue to serve their country in Law Enforcement, as First Responders, as Firefighters, executives in corporations, farmers, ranchers, in government service, as members of the clergy, in real estate development, in medical fields, as computer technicians, physicians, lawyers, in scientific research, in education, as military reservists, as airline pilots, members of Congress, in city/county/state elective or appointive offices, as union workers, as volunteers, in Veterans organizations, and in many other civilian endeavors.
By clicking on the below listed link, you will be able to listen to an inspiring musical message from Trace Adkins, “Still A Soldier”, which refers to so many hard-working Honorable Veterans, who quietly go about their normal lives, supporting their children and wives, who believe in the American Dream, and are working daily in support of the Free Enterprise System.
If needed, SPC Bryan Gerwitz, USA, in the video, would be on the next plane, ready to serve in the defense of the Republic again, along with so many other Veterans. God Bless them all, for their dedicated service!
Every Veteran, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their life.” If you know or recognize a Veteran who served in the defense of the Republic, and you have an opportunity to communicate with that Veteran, we encourage you to show your appreciation for his or her service, by thanking him or her for defending of the Republic.
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