Veterans Day is fast approaching. While it’s important to thank our veterans every day, it’s nice to take an extra moment and offer special thanks on Veterans Day, which is this Wednesday November 11th. Veterans are woven into the fabric of our nation. They are our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and neighbors and chances are one of our nation’s 22 million veterans is someone close to you. Chances are a veteran has had an impact on your life in some way.
My father is a veteran and so was my father-in-law, my brother-in-law and uncle too. I have two nephews who’ve served, and many other relatives and friends as well. My oldest son is currently serving in the Air Force. There’s an extra special veteran in my life though. My children call him dad. I call him my best friend.
Gabriel and I had known each other half of my life when we found a special connection between us while he was serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We fell in love from halfway around the world. I waited, sometimes not so patiently, while he put his life on the line every day. He and his brothers and sisters that deployed together share a special bond that I’m sure I will never quite understand. A bond that we as civilians cannot really grasp. But, what I can understand is what it’s like to share your life with a veteran and what it’s like to be thankful for that veteran every single day. After he returned from deployment we were married and a year later he returned to our home state where we now live and raise our family.
This Veterans Day, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is making it easy to thank veterans with Thank a Vet. DAV’s Thank a Vet tool lets individuals create personalized videos for their loved ones. Here you can view other Thank a Vet videos and some of the heart-warming, funny, and thoughtful messages of thanks that have already been created for veterans across the country. I created a special video to thank my husband. You can create one for a special veteran in your life too. It only takes a few minutes. Once complete, consider posting your video on social media with the #ThankAVet hashtag so other people can give thanks, too.
DAV is the only nonprofit that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations. Each year they support more than 1 million veterans in positive ways by helping them access the benefits they earned such as healthcare and disability as well as connecting veterans to meaningful employment opportunities. Learn more about DAV.
I’m thankful for DAV for supporting America’s veterans including my husband and those he served with.