Veteran’s Day 2013

Veterans DayVeteran’s Day is upon us again. I have seen many many posts on Facebook mentioning it. Radio commercials, television, church services. I’m guessing it all means something different to everyone. Each veteran has his or her understanding of what it means to be a veteran. Mother’s and Fathers and brothers and sisters and aunts, uncles and cousins know what it means to have a family member serving. Husband’s and Wives and children who sacrifice having to “do it all alone” while their service member is away.

POW braceletA few of you out there might remember these. I was in high school during the Viet Nam war. During that coming of age time, what we knew was that it was very very bad and young men were often terrified of the draft. I believe for a $2.00 donation you would get a bracelet of a POW (Prisoner of War) and wear it until they came home…no matter how they came home. Mine was Robert Abbott, and he was from our area. My soldier came home and I remember sending the bracelet back to him.

Many many of my family members have served in the military, and I will say I am very proud of them. I am proud of the family members who were brave enough to let them go. As a mom, I was so grateful it was not war time when my son was of age. My nephew is now serving in Germany, and again, while I am incredibly proud of this young man, the Mom in me is a little scared, and the mental health professional, a little more scared, as I have heard the stories of what these service people have endured as they fight for our freedoms.

DSC_0882My Dad, Father- in -Law and brother- in law were in the Army. Both my Dad and Father- in- Law were in Korea. My mother -in -law often talks of how hard that year he was gone was. No phones, emails or texts….communication was by letter. My Uncle and cousin served in the Navy. I am pretty sure my Uncle Al probably also was in Korea.¬† My brothers father- in- law was in the Air Force. My cousin Daron served in the Marines and did several tours in Afghanistan. He is forever changed. There are so many, to0 mention, and forgive me for any member I have forgotten. Men and women are still going off to serve and we all need to understand the TRUE sacrifice it is. When you are in the military, you belong to them and your family belongs to them, and they make the rules. Not all of us would be tough enough to endure that. So if you know a veteran, or a soldier, thank them. Thank their families. Help their families. It would be much appreciated.

Peace,

Julie

Veterans Day photos 3Left to right, my brother-in-law Kyle, my nephew Robert James Patten III, Terry Wolfel, and my Dad, Robert James Patten Sr. Below, my cousin Daron, my Uncle Albert and

my cousin Carl Patten.

Uncle AlbertDaronCarl Patten