Veterans’ Day 2011

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As the wife of a veteran, I appreciate what our men and women in the military do.

My husband retired from the Air Force after serving this country for more than 20 years. He did his job willingly, even though it often meant missing important milestones in the lives of our children. He missed birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings, school projects, first dates, and even some driving lessons.

Missing these things was was no small sacrifice for my husband. He truly cares for his family and loves being a part of it.

But he, like most military personnel, had a calling. He was called to serve, to protect, to insure that future Americans will be able to enjoy the freedoms that those of us not in the military often take for granted.

His love for America continues and doesn’t wane, even amidst our crazy society with its bickering politicians, protesters who can’t seem to figure out what exactly they are protesting, and the wanna-be ‘funny’ people who claim the military is populated by uneducated morons who have no other options in life.

My husband is my best friend. He has partnered with me to rear 4 beautiful daughters who are all both good and strong. He possesses 2 Bachelor degrees and a Masters. He is one the the smartest men I know, has a wickedly funny sense of humor, and the soul of an artist.

He now fulfills that call to serve by teaching. His philosophy is that we are put on this world to make it a better place, and he does his part by helping the next generation learn to love learning.

The men and women who serve in our military deserve the gratitude of every citizen of this country. But more than that, they deserve the gratitude of every downtrodden nation that our military has liberated from the bonds of tyranny.

They won’t get it, and they are aware that they won’t. Because as a group, the military is made up of a pretty savvy bunch of people. I should know.

My husband is a veteran.

What do you think?