Mon. Nov. 11, 2019: Grateful To and For Our Soldiers #UpbeatAuthors

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Monday, November 11, 2019
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Veterans’ Day

The day devoted to Upbeat Authors falls on a Monday. This Monday is Veterans’ Day.

I am grateful to the men and women in our military.

That does not mean I’m pro-war. Far too often, greedy old men send the young to fight and die for personal gain, not the good of the population of the countries for which they serve.

I am, however, deeply grateful to the men and women who decide that their contribution to the social construct which we inhabit is to train and fight and travel and put their lives on the line for their fellowman.

I am not that unselfish.

The military is not my path.

I am deeply grateful that there are those who choose that path, and today, I honor them.

I work with my elected officials to support and help veterans who have honored the country with their service. When I meet veterans individually, I do what I can to help and support them. Sometimes, that means listening to what they actually need, and taking it back to my advocacy meetings with elected officials. Sometimes, it’s anonymously buying them a meal in a restaurant, or a round of drinks at the bar. They don’t need to know it’s from ME. Just that someone gives a damn. Sometimes it’s listening to their stories, or helping them find a way to communicate their stories and needs.

There’s no one way to help. It’s about taking the time to get to know the individual, and working with that person in the way they need, not the way I want. Because being grateful to them is not about me.

How will you honor veterans today?

 

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