Friday, November 11, 2011
Too many Americans consider it a waste when a member of today's military loses his/her life in conflict. We veterans know well that we CHOOSE to risk our lives in order to help improve the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves.
No loss of a veteran's life is ever a waste. Whether you believe in the cause or not, it is that individual veteran who said, "with this selfless act of service I hereby lay down my life in order to benefit someone else." No one has the right to determine whether or not that veteran made the right choice. He/she made it of their own free will, which makes it a most wonderful gift, and a sacrifice that should be treasured by all.
No non-veteran will ever understand this, and therefore no non-veteran should ever pass judgement against those who choose to give what Jesus told us is the greatest gift a man can give, to lay down his life for his friend.
Thank you veterans, whether you served in peacetime or time of conflict. I appreciate the brave and selfless sacrifice that you made.