Tomorrow is the 4th of July, 2013. We will celebrate our Independence Day. Still, most of us forget that freedom is not free. Everyday in America and abroad someone gives all in defense of our communities, cities, states and our country.
Here’s a short video worth your time:
This begs the question what will you do? I’ve been going through my own mind and thinking a lot about the service my Grandfather (WWI), Father and Father-in-law (WWII), my service (Vietnam) and that of my children (Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan). I’m proud of the service that many of the men in our family have given in every war or skirmish that America has had including the revolutionary war. In the civil war, like many families we had relatives on both sides. We’ve also never lost one of us to a war or skirmish. This is truly a blessing from G-d.
OK, now I’ve served and at this point in my life I have some time to give. There are so many causes to consider. In our family we’ve lost several loved ones to cancer and heart attacks. I could spend my time on one or both of these causes. There are many causes and charitable programs that my wife and I are passionate about. However, the way in which our veterans are treated is a real problem for me.
During the Vietnam war we were shunned and scorned because we served. Many of us as Veterans of that War rarely even mentioned it to others. None of us wanted to listen to all the negative comments.
Today, the war in Afghanistan is another conflict that many American’s are conflicted with. Here are my thoughts:
All day long everyday we can complain that we shouldn’t be there or should, but what we can agree on is that our country and our way of life is being attached from within and without. Besides buying a gun, what will you do? What are you and I doing to help those that have or are serving now?
And so, just like Gary Sinise in the video above, I’d ask, “What will you do?”
If you want to help through the Veterans Administration (VA), click here.
If you want to help the USO, click here.
I pray that G-d will keep you safe and bless your lives. As you celebrate our Independence, thank any one of thousands of people that protect you including:
Armed Forces of America
“What will you do?”