31 May Military Sacrifices
Over the course of a typical day we tend to get so engulfed with our daily routines that we often take our lives for granted. This may be good or bad depending on what your individual viewpoints are. Be that as it may, we are on the verge of being at the lowest military levels since before World War II and as we reflect back over time we may come to realize these troops who have served our country so bravely are the back bone of this country. Without their individual and group sacrifices we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today and this fact should not be forgotten along the way.
When a soldier signs up to protect his country, there is a lot of history and pride that goes along with raising your right hand and excepting that oath to defend and protect our country against enemies both foreign and domestic. You go from being an American citizen to be a full-blown patriotic member of our society forever. It is the ultimate decision to join into a free man or woman’s armed forces in some cases and even in older cases they were drafted into this culture willingly or unwillingly.
Being a US Soldier in any way shape or forms takes a lot of courage, discipline, and fortitude to stand up for what this country believes is right or wrong with the potential of giving the ultimate sacrifice of a life or limb. If you knew that a roadside bomb was going to go off in 10 minutes, how many people would stick around to ensure that no one is harmed in the blast. It takes a special human being to jump on a grenade for a fellow soldier and give his or her life to protect someone they may or may not know that well. This is why we as a society have to take care of our veterans once they return home without delay.
7 Ways to Show Military Appreciation
- Thank a veteran for his or her service if they have a military hat or piece of clothing on or you know they are a veteran
- Donate to a local or national organization that supports veterans with a financial gift
- Volunteer your time at the VA Hospital
- Do some research on veterans issues that are ongoing in your local community and bring them up to be addressed at town hall meetings
- Help a Disabled veteran get a job that they are qualified for
- Volunteer to drive veterans to and from their medical appointments
- Stop and pause to reflect on the freedoms that we as Americans hold due to the sacrifices of our brave men and women.
The 7 steps listed above can be used as a starting point for what we can do to positively impact our veterans back home. We should never forgot those who have died in support of our freedom or act like these brave veterans returning home are any different from any other person applying for a job or attempting to gain access to quality health care. Acknowledging their efforts can go a long way in bringing about a unified country that is built on teamwork, sacrifice, and victory in the face of death.