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This Veterans Day. How to thank our brave heroes.

Updated on September 8, 2014

Our Bravest!

The unknown sacrifice!

This year on Veterans' Day, remember and thank those that defend our Freedoms, and our way of life. The sacrifice that our vets make is too often taken for granted, and forgotten!

What do they sacrifice for us?

Whether or not we Americans are able to fully comprehend what a strong military does for our benefit, we should be able to appreciate what a soldier goes through every day. While in combat, they know that that there is a good chance that either they themselves or the soldier next to them will be "hit" that day! They may watch a friend die, lose a limb, or get captured by an enemy that hates them just for being an American! Because they are a citizen of the greatest country on earth, they are loathed, and wanted dead!

Those not in combat know they may soon be! will they ever see their children, spouses, parents, or even their pets again? They do not know! While we enjoy the latest movie, ballgame, or wii game, they put their life on the line, or suffer in an institution from a war caused affliction. This season, put yourself in the shoes of our brave men and women. Ask yourself if it is too much too right a vet, or thank one, or to take your children to a V.A. hospital this winter an visit some of our best.

Instead of apologizing to other countries for America's past, why don't the politicians apologize to some of our Vets for how they were treated when they came home.

As a man that was recruited by the U.S.M.C. in '89, I will tell you that a simple act of gratitude goes further than you think! Semper Fi, God bless, and Happy Veterans Day!

How can we thank our American Soldiers?

There are a few simple ways:

1. Contribute of volunteer at your local American Legion, V.A. Hospital, or similar organization.

2. Stop and thank every Vet. that you see in the public. The current ones are easy to find!

3. Write a letter to the editor!


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    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you Kris!

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Excellent hub and suggestions!

      My husband and I always try to go out of our way to thank a serviceman when we get the chance and we try from time to time to send care packages to those we know serving overseas.

      I was also pleased to hear, just this afternoon, that out local Red Cross chapter gives "coming home" care packs to the local military coming back from being stationed overseas. The packs include basic items to help get them back on their feet again - mostly basic small kitchen items, cleaning supplies, towels etc., since many are starting over in a new place to live.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you for the feedback! Fiddleman, you should be proud! And thank you for serving us!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Nice hub Mike. Everyone should be proud of our Veterans and our country! My husband is a vet and shakes the hand of every man and woman in uniform he comes across. Great idea. You can watch the smile on their face as you shake their hand and say thank you. They do appreciate it. Glad your health issue was taken care of. God Bless.

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      7 years ago

      Great hub and I am proud to be a Veteran.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Well, since we are a community here, I will elaborate just this once. I had a serious health issue that prevented me from completing boot camp. This has since been taken care of and I am fine now. I wish I was able to serve. Now I help with U.S. Veteran causes as a citizen instead.

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      Errol Kane 

      8 years ago

      Hi Mike,

      you were recruited by the Marines I see. Did they get you and if so, wher did you serve? Just curious. My last mission before I was a Christian wss in Somalia, Africa. My Profile gives alittle history on me. I met my wife in Tokyo, Japan. She is from New York. My father was a veteran of the WWII.

      I have to admit, I really appreciate what the Food Establishments do by feeding the Vets on Vets Day. it's a chance for family to get together and talk as well as bumping into a vet you haven't seen in 20 years or more. Needless to say, I always think of those that lost their lives and didn't come back home with me from my platoon.

      Nice reflecting ...

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very good hub and a reminder to those who have never had friends or relatives in the military just what is at stake. Thanks for your service to our country and thanks to all the many soldiers who are currently in the service as well as our retired veterans. This gets an up vote for sure!

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      8 years ago

      Happy Veterans Day! Thanks to all who currently serve and have served!

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      8 years ago

      Semper Fi and God Bless you too. Great hub and great ideas to celebrate and recognize veterans.


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