To the Editor:
It's easy to get excited about Veteran's Day for me, as I myself am a veteran.
Because I am a veteran does not leave me exempt from appreciating the sacrifices that the soldiers that walked in boots before me made -- it actually means a little more.
It's because of WWI and WWII veterans (some of which are my family members) Americans were given a new sense of pride.
It's because of the mistreatment of Vietnam and Gulf War veterans that I am able to receive the benefits of the G.I Bill, VA healthcare, and other recovery options needed when returning home from war.
You see, Nov. 11 is a day of recognition for heroes that stood up when others wouldn't. When others stayed in their homes while soldiers slept in foxholes, in sandy crypts, or 7-foot by 15-foot connex boxes.
While Americans worked their 9-5's, we worked ours, nine in the morning to five in the morning ... sometimes seven days a week.
While you read your children bedtime stories by their bedsides and prayed with them, I read mine in front of a video camera that recorded it on DVD (a luxury) and prayed that it got home and I would stay alive one more night.
Generations have sacrificed for you to live the way you do.
So today, I ask you to not only remember the veterans of our beloved military but, to remember their sacrifices and their families sacrifices for they too are truly veterans of war.