On this Veteran’s Day 2019, we all pause to give thanks for the service and sacrifice of those who have served, like me, and those who continue to serve, like my husband.
When our time on active duty is over, it can be hard to adjust to civilian life. Priorities are different. Care is different. It’s harder for people to understand what you’ve been through for the past 3, 12, or 20 years. Especially if you experienced trauma or injury while on active duty.
There are thousands of veterans living with invisible wounds of war, trauma, and injury. From the medic who couldn’t save a life that one day, to the officer who survived military sexual trauma, to the private whose disabilities are unseen but affect his everyday life greatly.
As you thank vets today, remember there are so many out there whose time in service left them with invisible wounds, but they are disabled still the same. We put on a brave face every day and carry on as if the trauma or injury never happened. That’s what we were taught to do. But that comes at a price.
Let us remember all veterans today regardless of age, gender, or social status.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13