Friday, November 11, 2016

Our Veterans, Our Heroes

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DAV (Disabled Veterans Americans). The opinions and text are all mine.








Selfless.

This is how I describe veterans. I’m always amazed at the people who volunteer to serve their country, even if it means they’ll lose their life.

There are many veterans in my family and I’m thankful for them. Many are not here with us, but I tell my kids all about them.

I tell my kids about my grandpa. He was in the Air Force and fought in World War II and Vietnam. I have wonderful memories with him.




I never met my mother’s biological father. He also fought in World War II and was a test pilot. He died when one of the planes crashed. My kids say he is brave, and they're right. I wish I could have met him. I'm sure he had lots of stories.



My father, who is still alive, also served. This was when the draft was still around. My kids are amazed that there was a time when people had to go into the military.



And of course, there is my mother, who I’m always proud of. She retired as a Colonel and was the Commander of various squadrons. I know it wasn’t easy for her. Back then, there were a lot of sexist remarks made and not much done about them, but she never let it get her down. My kids know that she was the boss of many people.



With DAV’s Thank a Vet tool, you can actually make a video thanking an important veteran in your life.  DAV stands for Disabled Veterans America, and it is a non-profit charity. They provide support for our veterans by giving them rides to medical appointments, and to help them out with their benefit claims. They also help veterans find jobs. It's such a wonderful organization and I'm glad there are places helping our veterans. After all, if it weren’t for our veterans, we wouldn’t have the freedoms that we have today. If it weren’t for the selfless men and women fighting for their country, America might not be what it is today. It is an easy thing to do for the veteran in your life. Let them know you are proud of what they've accomplished.

I made a video for my mother.



Every veteran deserves to be thanked. Every veteran deserves only the best.

So to all the veterans out there: thank you. Your service is always remembered.

And appreciated.



Remember to let the veterans in your life know how appreciated they are with DAV's Thank a Vet tool. It only takes a few minutes to make a video. Help make their day. Help them remember how much they are loved because all the sacrifices they've made, all the deployments and TDYs they've gone on, all the work they've completed helps give us the freedoms we have today. Click here to start the video process.

Thank you to all those who served. A thousand times thank you. You are remembered.




38 comments:

  1. My teen son spent the morning putting flags on veterans graves. On Monday he will be working at Golden Coral serving the veterans

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  2. We are calling my stepfather today as we do every year to thank him for his service. We also put his name on a wall at school.

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  3. Wow, so many family members are veterans. That is amazing. I hope people take the time to reflect on why today is so important and thank a veteran!

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  4. I'm sure this is near and dear to many peoples hearts

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  5. What a nice post and great way to honor all veterans, especially your family! How cool that your mom was a Colonel -- especially "back then!"

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  6. So much history and pride in your family- I love that it's passed down for generations. I do truly hope that more families take the time to create stories to share in future generations. I feel it's what binds us through time.

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  7. Wonderful tribute to our Vets accompanied by amazing photos!

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  8. Your mom is such a badass!
    Happy Veterans Day to everyone in your family who has served and Tom!!!

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  9. How great this post is that honors all those that served. I have many family members and friends that served as well.

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  10. This is such a sweet video, Happy Veterans Days!

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  11. I salute them all! My brother is a Coast Guard, his grandfather was in war many years ago. I also have a ton of family and friends who serve. I think them all and the strangers fighting for us!

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    1. Yes! How wonderful that you had so many family members who fought.

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  12. This post was very touching. I am sad to hear that you never met your grandfather. Good on your mum for being a part of the military and getting through the rude remarks.

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  13. Hi from Singapore, although I don't know anybody that participated in any great war, I always salute those who fight for freedom.

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  14. Thank you for this wonderful post honoring our Veterans today. I love the photos of our heroes!

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  15. Great Post. It is very touching. Happy Veterans Day to everyone in your family. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. This is so beautiful, and yes,Veterans are such amazing souls, I'm sure you must be super proud to have a lot of them in your family.

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  17. A lovely post reminding us of the sacrifice the few make for the many.

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  18. Amazing post! It seems like you had many inspiring veteran in your family and you are so proud of them. I am thankful for their bravery!

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  19. A very beautiful post. Thank you so much for doing it.

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  20. It's so important to thank our Veterans. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Wow what a beautiful and warm post! Thank you for sharing your tribute and reminding us the sacrifices brave veterans have done for us.

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  22. This is so wonderfully [and heartfelt] written. My husband is a USMC veteran and many of our family members have served our country too.

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  23. Our heroes deserve everything!! They are wonderful and we have to thanks them a lot.

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  24. "Every veteran deserves to be thanked. Every veteran deserves only the best." amen! What a great history of courage and service your family has. What a lovely video!

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  25. You have the best Veteran's post that I have read. I am thankful and will always be thankful for anyone that has served or is serving and fighting for us.

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  26. Such a sweet post, Amber! Your mom accomplished so much during her career. I feel so proud of her because I know how challenging it was and still is for women who serve. Happy Veterans Day to you and your beautiful family!

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  27. Your family is truly special - thank you so much to them for their service!

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  28. Veterans day is a great way to teach kids about history and how much our soldiers sacrifice for our country! I like that you remind your kids about family members that served the country.

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  29. It's nice seeing articles showing appreciation to our soldiers. Keep this up! I will share this article for sure.

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  30. Veterans Day was so iconic it was really awesome to see all the posts and all the people sharing their family legacies. Those brave brave men and women who gave their lives for their country.

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  31. I love your parents! So much.
    Thank you for providing new meaning to a holiday that already has me all choked up.

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  32. Beautiful tribute to veterans. So neat to be able to thank a vet, with the video link you shared.

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  33. They have served and given so much for the country, they deserve the recognition and honor without a doubt. It would be nice to do something special for them during this day!

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  34. It takes a lot of bravery to serve. I'm very thankful for all the men and women that are keeping our country safe.

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  35. She is such a wonderful woman, so brave! Thanks for sharing this, beautiful tribute to veterans!

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