A grateful word from your Editor-In-Chief:
I LOVE AMERICA
America has been the most successful democratic experiment the world has ever seen. To create it, preserve it, and help it grow there are a number of key ingredients, but none more important than a strong and skillful military. Thank a veteran!
A GRATEFUL AMERICAN
I have had the good fortune to go to college, get married, have a family, buy a house, and start three successful businesses. Of course it did not happen overnight, but it did happen. While I am thankful to my family and my friends for their help, I am also constantly reminded that none of what I have was possible without the protection and sacrifice of the United States Military – some of whom paid the ultimate price.
One of the most important personal characteristics I have tried to teach my children is gratitude, to be thankful for what they have. Regardless of your status in this country, I think it is safe to say most Americans are better off than the remainder of the planet. We have liberties and opportunities that others can only dream about. This is evident by the thousands of people that seek to immigrate to the United States. Thank a veteran!
A TROUBLED AMERICAN
I am troubled by the constant criticism of our country, our leaders, and our military by a generation that, for whatever reason, fails to see why we have the prosperity and quality of life unique among all other nations.
Without the protection of the men and women of our Armed Services, every country in the world would be taking a bite out of our backsides. We would have lions at the gate from every direction. Recent events indicate we may be sliding towards ingratitude, with less and less appreciation for the sacrifice of so many who have secured our way of life.
Consider current day political correctness: activists are more concerned about a third bathroom for those confused about their gender than about the thousands of military veterans who are homeless or in need. In some cases, illegal immigrants have better access to healthcare than our veterans.
We are so fortunate in this country that we take for granted the price that has been paid to give us these liberties, yet many of our citizens fail to see how a strong and dedicated military is all that stands between freedom and tyranny. How sad.
There is a delusional force invading our youth, particularly on our college campuses, whereby the current generation believes the world plays by our rules and that somehow if we all just “co-exist” we will not need our military. Well sorry to say, but our enemies did not get that memo.
If you don’t believe me, try living in Russia and criticize the Kremlin, or go to Iran and denounce the Ayatollah, or better yet, demand equality for women in Saudi Arabia. Let me know how that works out for you.
A BASTION OF FREEDOM
My point is that I recognize we have our problems in America, but we are also the world’s strongest bastion of freedom, granted by the constitution and secured by our military. A nation that does not honor its veterans is a nation without a soul.
So on this Memorial Day, pause for a moment and consider what you have – and then consider why you have it. Thank a veteran!
Hero. Veteran. Author. Speaker. Army Ranger.
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