#0155: Armed Service Veterans

Dear Armed Service Veterans:

I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for all the service that you do.  You all do something that many of us are, admittedly, afraid to do: put your lives on the line regularly to ensure the safety of our country’s laws and freedoms.

I myself come from a family full of veterans, serving in branches of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Based on the stories I’ve had told to me, I’m aware that making the choice to serve is a huge sacrifice, one that can have a huge impact on the lives of your families, as well as your own well-being.

You all get to do some pretty cool stuff, like flying jets; trying out the latest technology before the rest of us civilians get to even see it; and traveling around the world. At the same time, though, you also see the worst of what mankind has to offer: wars; killings; friends being kidnapped and tortured… so, I know choosing to do the job you do and continuing on with it for years at a time isn’t always an easy choice to make.

To say that everyone who holds their lives dear in this country (as well as other countries) owes you their gratitude is a huge understatement. Indeed, the work you do can never fully be repaid, no matter how many metals or “thank you” events we try to hold in your honor. But, as a kid who grew up in a military home, I can tell you this: we’re always happy when you come back safe; saddened when we’ve heard your life was taken in service; and proud of the work that you do.

Ah, armed service veterans… now THAT’s something to be thankful for!

– Aaron P. Taylor

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