Today is the day that the United States of America chooses to set aside specifically to remember and honor those who served in the armed forces and came back alive. The Veterans. Now don't get me wrong, I thinks it's a great idea to have one day specifically set aside for an action of value. Humans are after all such forgetful creatures. The reminder every year is a perfect stepping off point for remembering those who served; a time to reflect on the best way to honor them the rest of the year. There are so many ways to help. Perhaps the best illustrations are what the veterans do for each other.
One Huey Mechanic who saw those old helicopters come back in pieces, with pieces of their crews fused to the twisteds metal, offers her services as a nutritionist to any who asks, to help bodies and minds heal from stresses that no human should ever endure.
One weather observer simply offers himself to sit and listen, to be available any time of day or night for friends and strangers who need to talk.
At a remote gas station a radio operator who once spent two weeks crawling through the jungle with nothing but his friend and a will to live stops and shakes the hand of a boy in green fatigues. He says Thank You.
For those of us who haven't been there there are other ways. As an author I do my best to speak the truth. Before I put anything down on paper I research, talk to veterans, read personal accounts. Hopefully everything I have written about the armed forces is based in solid truth.