we often forget about veterans until that special day on the calendar. they never complain. they are always proud.
but many of them struggle with life after their military service. both my granddad (mama’s dad) and granddaddy (daddy’s dad) served. they didn’t talk about it. i never asked my granddad about his navy service during world war II. i didn’t get the chance to pick his brain about it before i lost him to cancer when i was 11. my granddaddy just recently opened up to me on my trip with my grandparents to new mexico this summer. he served during korea. luckily (i guess, i can say luckily), my dad and uncles never had to experience war first hand.
but there are many, many men who volunteer for it or make it their career. they’re definitely under appreciated.
i know that i’ve discussed how my outward appearance changes has affected my inward thoughts and feelings. this video is an example of how that can help. it doesn’t fix everything, but it can be a catalyst to future life changes. the video made me tear up, especially when he saw himself for the first time.
so thank you to all the veterans out there. even though we don’t say it enough… thank you. you are important. you are brave. you are appreciated.