Updated: Apr 30
So, as I continue to work with veterans and write these articles, the topic of why veterans are essential to our nation’s history and future continues to surface in conversations. There are multiple answers, opinions, and perspectives on that topic. Many people believe that veterans are essential to our nation’s history because, without them, there be no free nation to live in as it would be nothing but chaos and disorder. Veterans have always kept our country in check. No matter what the branch of service, veterans have been deployed anywhere in the world to defend our great nation, and we have lost millions of veterans who deserve a lot more credit than our society gives them credit. Giving credit to veterans has changed dramatically over the years, as you may very well know. Veterans returning from the Vietnam war were not treated well, so little, to no credit for their sacrifice, for our freedom, we gave them almost no credit until it is too late for them to receive it. Another factor is that many Veterans suffer from combat injuries like PTSD, depression that leads to suicide, while other veterans never return MIA (Missing In Action) or return the same due to having been KIA (Killed In Action) or they were captured and become a POW (Prisoner Of War).
Veterans are also essential to account for the historical occurrences through their stories and war survivors. Historically we consider a veteran to be someone who has fought for the lives of others, someone who fought for their own lives, and someone who fought for freedom; So this is just one person’s opinion and perspective, that is only part of one person’s opinion of why veterans are essential to our nation’s history and future, so before you accept this as the truth and give your opinion, let me leave you with this — the perspective of a veteran in combat is the one who documented his thoughts during war.
"No, we are not going to die, not tonight when life pushes me. I will push harder, we will not give up, we will fight together and if needed forever."
These veterans think of their families, they think of those dropping dead beside them, and they want to avenge those around them that fought to the end and fought the good fight they fought for as long as they could for OUR freedom. We need to give them credit for all the other things they think of when their partner is about to die in their arms as they are saying and thinking is "No, don't die, don't give up on me, don't give up the fight for life don't close your eyes don't give up on me you're everything" they say to their partner "FIGHT FOR LIFE, FIGHT BACK."
They think, "I need to fight back." That is what they deserve credit for, which is why they are essential to our nation’s history, and we need to give them that respect. I can think of many more reasons why veterans are important, but if I opened that can of worms, we would be here all night. Anyway, just some thoughts to share. Every one of you is appreciated beyond your comprehension. So, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
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