A Veterans Day Thank You
As you all know, I am in the midst of rebranding the blog and work travels have been crazy, to say the least (hello from Toronto, everyone). But sometimes it is really necessary to step away from all the hustle and bustle, remove my event manager hat, put down the balls I’m juggling and remind myself and my readers of what is important. Guys, it is almost Veterans Day. It probably goes without saying that, to me, this is one of the most important days of the year.
Kind of hard to believe that over three years have passed since that fateful and beautiful day in San Diego when the hubs and I met. I grew into Love (with a capital L) with a man who served his country selflessly. He remains to be the epitome of someone who gives in service yet expects nothing in return; not even a thank you. Although his physical time in the Navy is finished, it will always be a part of us. If it weren’t for the Navy I would have never had the honor of becoming of his wife.
Many of you know I grew up on military bases. My grandfather and uncle were military and so was my dad. I knew how to read maps, tell time by a 24-hour clock and had moved around ten times by the age of five. I loved the life and couldn’t imagine staying still. Perhaps it was natural I’d marry a military man. It’s definitely no wonder I travel so much for my work! And I have to be grateful for having a husband who “gets it” – who gets that sometimes the career takes you away, even if you want to be nearby.
While I think it is important to thank our veterans EVERYday, sometimes we don’t know how. Or we wonder if the timing is right. Well, DAV’s Thank A Vet tool is making it easy for all of us. It only takes a couple of minutes and you just upload your photos, include your message, select music and a background and within seconds you have your video. If you need some inspiration check out these other Thank A Vet videos.
While on the topic of thanking our veterans, I have to take a moment to also thank DAV (Disabled American Veterans). The only nonprofit that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations, each year they help more than 1 million veterans in positive ways by providing access to benefits they earned, like healthcare and disability (if you’ve ever navigated this system, it isn’t easy or straightforward). They also connect veterans to meaningful employment opportunities. And now they’re making sure that others can give back, too! I really, realllllly hope you’ll join in their efforts. Learn more about DAV here.
Be sure to tag your videos with #ThankAVet and please come back and leave your links. I’d love to share them, too!
For any service-members out there reading this – I cannot ever truly know what it is you go or have gone through. I do know, though, that sometimes it is hard. If you ever think you don’t matter, or your service doesn’t matter, please know that it does. It means more than you could know and though they are but two small, humble words, I hope they will hold some meaning: Thank you.