Today I really need to address something very near and dear to my heart: our nation’s veterans. As many of you have gathered, I have joined their ranks. What I am going to ask you to do throughout this message is not for me, but for those struggling as veterans after giving so much to our country.

The first thing I am going to ask, is that if you see a veteran, please thank them. On some of my bad days, someone has noticed a hat or shirt with Marine logos and thanked me. This turned my whole day around.

Some vets are struggling very hard with some memories, and a sincere thanks can help massively. Especially if they served in a conflict that was looked down on by the media, or protested heavily. A lot of time they doubt they did anything worthwhile in their service. Don’t ask questions. Just thank them.

If you see a vet struggling at all, please also help them with getting the professional help and referrals they may need. A lot of them are overwhelmed and don’t know where to go. My advice is to take them to a Veteran Service Organization or VSO.

The most common ones that I have worked with are Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. These two organizations help vets navigate the bureaucracy of the Veterans Administration.

If you don’t know where a local chapters is located, try your state website for veteran information. Most often they will have the numbers.

I highly recommend donating to the two mentioned VSOs. They operate to assist our nation’s heroes. Every donation helps.

Remember to take time today to give thanks for the millions of courageous men and women who came before us and paid their time to help keep America the most free land in the world.

God bless.

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