Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
We’ve heard their stories throughout the years; heart warming, heart breaking, courageous, and jaw dropping. Countless people who have given up so much in service to their country.
Veterans, veterans like my father who devoted his entire adult life to his country, his Airman, and the Air Force. Like my Nana, who even held the honor of donning the Thunderbird’s prestigious uniform. Or my father-in-law, who served in one of the most elite units the Army has to offer. And finally, like myself, who set aside that mantle of responsibility only to take on the next as a mother.
Veterans Day is a chance to say thank you. Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice. For those Christmases spent at work, for those missed births/birthdays/anniversaries, for shuffling your lives around every few years, for every tear, every frustration, and every bit of grief.