Fellow Grassroots Texans:
Today is the calendar day we specifically celebrate Veterans’ Day, a day of thanksgiving to all the men and women who have served in our armed forces.
We are so fortunate in the pro-Liberty movement to have many veterans in our own ranks. They now bring the courage, passion and skills they learned protecting our country from foreign enemies to fight for her on a battlefield of ideas here at home. We owe each and every one of them a debt we could never repay.
If you have veterans in your family or circle of friends, you know that many carry burdens that are not immediately apparent to those around them. Unfortunately, few, if any, receive the care and support they deserve when they return. The woeful lack of adequate physical and mental health care for our veterans is an issue on which we should be speaking out at every opportunity.
At an individual level, there are many ways we can show our gratitude and support in a tangible way. There are groups specifically organized to help our wounded veterans and their families readjust to life. Perhaps the best-known is the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/), but there are many. If you’d like to get involved supporting veterans at a local level, the VA maintains an extensive list of Veterans’ Support Organizations here: http://www.va.gov/vso/VSO-Directory_2012-2013.pdf Before donating or volunteering, you can–and check out any organization here for legitimacy: http://charitynavigator.org/
How you decide to show your gratitude is up to you, but please take the time to thank our nation’s veterans. Let us not, however, confine our gratitude to one day. We ought never forget the courage and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, and that many of our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are still in harm’s way today.
God bless all of you, and may God continue to bless our nation,
– Ken Emanuelson,
The Grassroots Texans Network