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So Much Gratitude on Veteran's Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Today is Veteran's Day.
I know a lot of people get mixed up with the meaning of what we celebrate on Veteran's Day (versus the meaning of Memorial Day)-- today we honor any man or woman who has served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Aaron and I are both incredibly privileged to have multiple family members who have served or are currently serving in a branch of the Armed Forces.  We both grew up with a strong respect for the United States Military; and now as adults, understand the seriousness and true sacrifice that is made on our behalf by all of the people serving in our Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

My dad's father was in the Army and fought in WWII. 

My mom's father was in Pearl Harbor, when it was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. He was 17 years old, had just joined the Navy and was loading up his submarine. My grandfather then went on to serve 30 years in the Navy as a chief engineer on submarines.  He would go out for 6 months and be home for 6 months. My mom and SEVEN sisters had the unique and amazing experience of being part of a military family and lived all over the East Coast.  The stories and experiences my grandfather has from his 30 year career in the Navy are nothing short of amazing.

Aaron's dad served in the Texas Army National Guard for 6 years and was a Military Policeman while serving! 

My Dad, served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years and retired as a Commander.  I remember growing up my dad going to "drill" on the weekends, as well as when he had to do his yearly training at Camp Pendleton.  I didn't like him being gone, but we were so proud of him!  You can ask my dad- and he will tell you the Navy was one of the best things he has done with his life.   

Both of my brothers served in the Army National Guard while they were in college.  My brother Garret, got "called up" several times while he was in college, to serve as a military police man in Germany, Panama, and several places in the U.S. He served for 6 years in the Army before transitioning to the corporate world :)

After college, my brother Michael, got commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy.  He is now a Commander in the Navy and his "job" in the Navy is a critical care pulmonologist, although starting in December, he will be taking on a new role and will be the doctor in charge of the medical care for a special operations group.  He has spent two years running the ICU department at the Naval Hospital in Guam and did a year long tour in the Middle East, running the ICU of one of the biggest fleet hospitals in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He gets to currently call San Diego is home :)

Aaron's brother was commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer when he graduated from college. He is a Major in the Marine Corps and is a Harrier Jet pilot. He has done NUMEROUS overseas tours, including a year long tour in Afghanistan.  He is an incredible leader and just an all around amazing man.  He left this past April to go on a deployment and he gets back TODAY!!! He was supposed to get back a couple days ago- but there were some technical issues that delayed their arrival home.  I know my sister in law and their daughter CANNOT wait to see him get off the plane today!! And how amazing that he is coming home on Veteran's Day!!  

I think we can all get so caught up in our lives and make the biggest deal out of the smallest things.  We forget that there are SO many people really living with BIG STUFF in their every day lives...and when it comes to being in the military- it is a choice to sacrifice parts of their OWN LIVES to serve OUR country.
There are so many organizations that help support our Veteran's- just a few of them are:

If you are so inclined, I encourage you to take just a little bit of time today to say a prayer for our Veterans AND their family members or better yet- if you see someone in uniform today- approach them and THANK them. 

With respect, honor and gratitude- 
I say THANK YOU to our Veteran's today.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much to all of your family members that have served or are currently serving our country.

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  2. My brother in law is a black hawk pilot and is about to be deployed for a year so this post really hits home. I am so thankful for the veterans' sacrifices and pray that God's grace will sustain all the loved ones while they are apart!

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  3. Wow - you have an amazing line of family members who serve!! Thank you for their service!!

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