War leaves its scars upon those who have served. The time spent overseas has often left the living with hearing loss, pain, and physical ailments. The separation from loved ones, and the violence to which many have been exposed can often affect how our servicemen cope in the civilian world.
As Eugene Sledge states in his book, With The Old Breed, "Until the millennium arrives and countries cease trying to enslave others, it will be necessary to accept one’s responsibilities and to be willing to make sacrifices for one’s country – as my comrades did. As the troops used to say, ‘If the country is good enough to live in, it’s good enough to fight for.’ With privilege goes responsibility.”
This Veterans Day, take the time to thank a veteran for their service. They earned it.