Veterans Day: Thank You for Your Service

In case you didn’t know, my husband served in the US Army for seven years. I used to talk about it a lot here on the blog before we got engaged, but the attention had since shifted to our wedding preparations and eventually, my journey to the US. He enlisted in 2007 under the 5-82FA Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX.

Roan had two tours under his belt. At a young age of 20, Roan was deployed to Iraq for Operation: Iraqi Freedom. That mission was his most dangerous since he worked within the red zone area. When Barack Obama won his presidency in 2008, their 15-months deployment was cut short, so they were able to come home after a year of service in the middle east. Only a year since they got back from war, they returned to theater for Operation: New Dawn. By God’s grace, it wasn’t as dangerous as his first deployment, but it didn’t change the fact that they were in the middle of a war-zone.

Two weeks ago, I saw the following quote posted on a wall at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which made a lot of sense:

“What is a Veteran?

A “Veteran”—whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve—is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to, and including his life.”

That is honor. And there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact.”

— Unknown

Today, and every day, let us honor all those who lived and continues to live by their Warrior Ethos. Being away from family and friends is one thing; being at war—fighting for your nation’s welfare—is another. Thank you for your service.

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