Hard to believe this is my second Veterans day OUT of uniform. I spent over half my life wearing the uniform and proudly serving among some truly amazing people.
So today when hitting up a local craft fair, I saw a Korean War/Vietnam vet. I spotted him a mile away with his Army cap on which was adorned with a Purple Heart and Bronze star medal, as well as some medals I didn’t recognize. As we made our purchases I looked him square in the eye and said, ‘Thank you for your service.’ His smile truly lit up the room as he questioned how I knew he was a Vet. I smiled and told him I too was a vet, as was my husband.
He BEEMED! His wife smile and said, “Oh no, hope you are prepared for some stories!!” We talked for a while, and he shook both my husband’s hand as well as mine.
I miss the Air Force, but it was my time to move on after 20 years…but in my heart I will always do my best to keep serving by supporting my husband and all the other amazing military members both past and present that are in my life.
Take a moment, and thank a vet. You don’t know how much it means to hear, “Thank you for your service.” Because so many barely recognize the hardships and struggles a military member deals with every single day.