What is a Veteran?
The American Veteran is one of our greatest treasures, those men and women who answered our nation’s call, especially in times of great need. Who is a Veteran? Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” When an American makes the choice to serve in the military, they become a part of a tight-knit community. The same thing happens when they leave, too. They become a veteran, joining tens of millions around the country.
National Wreaths Across America Day, which we participate in mid-December, is a day in which we remember all service members who are now deceased, both in peace and war time. Memorial Day is set aside as a day in which we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice - their life for our freedoms and for those around the globe.
Whether they know it or not, veterans have positively affected me. Without their sacrifice, the world I know may have been drastically changed. Veterans were prepared to die for their cause. All veterans and especially the honorable persons that do not remain with us today have paid in full the high price for freedom and the life we all know in America. Considering the enormity of what veterans have accomplished brings me to greatly appreciate and admire them. Largely, that is why I take such an interest in the organizations I serve with as well as assisting with the Iowa Boys State program.
Veterans Day, which we observe on November 11, is a day in which we recognize the service of all veterans that were members of the US Armed Forces. It's a day that we stop to say "thank you" to those that answered the call from Uncle Sam to serve our great country. These veterans never asked for anything in return for their service to our country. Freedom is not free and freedom is not cheap. I consider veterans to be of the highest quality of role models. Veterans encourage me to love my country. They fill me with great respect for them and this country. And finally, veterans inspire me to live a life dedicated to the things I believe to be right - a patriot to our country. This Veterans Day, take the time to say "thank you" to one of our American Heroes so they know that you not only love the freedoms you have today but that you also appreciate their service and sacrifice to our country. May God continue to bless our American Heroes and may God continue to bless our United States of America.
Saying Their Names,
Aaron Van Beek | President & Director
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