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Happy Veterans Day America

Updated on November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day!

Yesterday was the Marine Corps Birthday, now today is Veteran's Day! Today has been marked for the American people to celebrate, and thank the normal veterans in their every day life for the sacrifices that they make to secure your freedom, and the freedoms of others if they live in fear of tyranny.

However, veterans are not the only ones who deserve our thanks, so do their spouses and children. Even though our country has an excessive amount of holidays, I wish the government would declare a veteran's spouse day.

Not many people realize all the sacrifices that spouses of veterans make. These individuals, and yes, most of them are women, know that they must play second fiddle to the needs of the government, and to the military. They know their spouse will be deployed often, and they may become a teenage widow.

They know that their children's father may lose his life, and make his spouse become a single parent. While their spouse are deployed, they are effectively single parents. They must endure months or years not seeing their spouse, just like the veteran will not see his or her spouse a long time.

Many service members deploy while their spouse is pregnant, and come home to meet their children already walking and talking. Some female service members must deploy weeks after giving birth. If their spouse is deploying as well, they must charge their children's care in the hand of other friends and family.

The military does have an excessively high divorce rate; I think the current figure is around 59%-61%. When service members go to war, they know their spouse will become lonely, and may cheat.

Divorce is one aspect we know we must face, and it really is heart wrenching for us. Many of us deployed are scared we will get "Dear John or Jane" letters. Yet most spouses are faithful, and eager for their loved ones to return home. Whenever I meet a service member's spouse, I thank them for their service to our country as well.

Service members give up many freedoms while they are deployed, and back home. For example, many of us can only give up so much of a political stance, because the President and other government leaders are our bosses.

Service Members must be above reproach, because things like extra marital affairs, being late for formation, not getting a hair cut, forgetting to shave (even on the weekends), taking back to superiors, speeding tickets, and underage drinking can get us kicked out of the military, or at the very least charged, and loose rank and pay.

Most veterans join the military because they truly love their country. They don't join for self-recognition or to be heroes, and that is what makes them so great. So today, thank a veteran in your life, and tell them "thank you for your service". Also, tell the same thing to their spouses


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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Happy late Veteran's Day, Alli! I'm sorry I didn't get to this hub in time.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Awww, you are sweet, Ms. Dora!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Country Sunshine!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, esmonaco!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Happy Veterans Day to you Alli, and to all who serve and protect us. I agree that the families aslo pay a price, and serve us as well. Thanks to all of you.

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      Country Sunshine 3 years ago from Texas

      I come from a military family, and am also a widow of a Veteran. I agree that it's tough being a spouse and/or family member, but it's still the veteran who is putting his/her life on the line. Thank you for your service, Alli! Happy Veterans Day to you.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Happy Veterans Day to you, Alli! Thanks for sharing this insight into the lives of military personnel and their families. We appreciate them all and are grateful for their sacrifices.