I should have done this one on Veteran's Day, but I want to express my gratitude for those men and women who serve or have served our country in the Armed Forces. We live in an area where there are a lot of Coast Guard and I am humbled to know families who continue on with life while their spouse or parent are on ship and away from home. I'm so grateful for the sacrifice of families of all branches of the military who endure so much while their loved ones are in harms way. I don't like to be away from D for even a day, and I can't imagine how hard it must be for families to be apart and worrying about the safety of their soldier for months at a time. It especially breaks my heart when those soldiers sometimes don't return. They deserve so much gratitude from all of us for their sacrifices.
My Grandpa fought in WWII, as did D's. I know that their experiences there had an effect on the rest of their lives. D's Grandpa especially had a hard time with the horrors he saw in the war and he didn't like to talk about it. I'm thankful for those who fought in wars past and those who are willing to enlist now to protect our country.
My friend Marie is an EOD tech (her job is to diffuse IED's and such) in the Air Force. She has been deployed a few times and loves her job. I'm grateful for her willingness to risk so much to help protect other soldiers. You can see a video about her and her colleagues here.
THANK YOU to all those who have been or currently are enlisted in the military!