Veterans’ Day 2013 – 30 Days of Thanks – Day 11

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As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the poppy is near and dear to my heart. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies, handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation, are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.

Thank you to our Veterans and those men and women who continue to serve in the Armed Forces.

I have written posts about my deep respect for men and women in uniform, as I did not serve.   From family members, including my beloved Hubby, to friends and coworkers, I have known Veterans from too many wars.  They are some of the most incredibly gifted, loyal people, with an enormous capacity for love.  My personal commitment to them, is to continue to shatter stigmas about PTSD and shine a light on the ongoing, immediate need for full medical and psychiatric benefits for all of them, for the rest of their lives.  It is the least our Country can do for the people who sacrifice themselves for us.

Sadly, I have received “private” notes from those who see my progressive views as “unpatriotic” and have questioned my feelings.  To those “people,” (who know NOTHING about me or my family), I simply say, “Karma, finds everyone” and delete their negative remarks. Then, I donate to VoteVets.org, to ensure that we elect progressive Veterans, who continue to be committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of all Americans.  Patriotism is neither liberal, nor conservative, it knows no socioeconomic boundary, and is not ascribed to a specific sex, creed, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or age.  To me it is a feeling of humbleness whenever I encounter someone who has given freely, and openly of himself or herself, in service of our Country.

4 thoughts on “Veterans’ Day 2013 – 30 Days of Thanks – Day 11

    Jedi Christy said:
    November 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you!!! If more people has thought like you did we would not have the need for so many Vet because they would have a support system in place. As a Navy Brat who father lived though WW2, fought in both Nam and Korean Wars and so many others THANK YOU for understanding their struggle and sacrifice. My grandfather was in Air Force during Nam he helped load planes with Agent Orange which lead to years later dieing of lung cancer. A man who never smoked! I have lost friends and loved ones to more current wars. And night pray for our soldiers but seas bound and home-bound. And what I say to anyone that has an issues with shinning a lighting on what are Vets have EARNED then go live somewhere else, our VETS earned this with their blood and risks, what did you do to EARN the freedom that they protect besides being born in America? So once again thank you for shinning a light in a dark place that people don’t want to look. No one wants to see the true cost of Freedom. But our Vets suffer with.

      Michelle responded:
      November 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Christy,
      Thanks for the kind words and many thanks to your family’s sacrifice It’s a subject too near and dear to my heart.

      I’m honored you chose to reblog my post! You’re my first “real” reblog.

      See you on the “wicked” side,
      Michelle

    Jedi Christy said:
    November 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Reblogged this on jedichristy and commented:
    She said it better than I could though I tried.

    Michelle responded:
    November 13, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Reblogged this on Reading, Drinking and Dancing with a Chaser of Snark and commented:

    Although I wrote this post last year, it remains relevant today.

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