What are you willing to die for? Veterans and those who continue to serve our country know the answer to this question. Do you? There are many reasons why a person joins the military; needs a job, parents were in the military, college money, adventure, travel, dangerously curious, and the list goes on.
Why do you do what you do?
I have said for years that people join the military for many different reasons. The better question to ask in understanding the heart of a Veteran is “why do they stay?”
The answer is really simple. Most people say, “thank you for serving our country.” Inside the heart of a Veteran is much more than the desire to “serve our country.” A Veteran is willing to give his or her life away to others.
A look inside the heart of a Veteran
- Willing to move away from family and friends; for the sake of others.
- Willing to deploy into the unknown; for the sake of others.
- Willing to be separated from his or her spouse and children for months and sometimes years; for the sake of others.
- Willing to endure cold, heat, rain, storms, and other elements without shelter; for the sake of others.
- Willing to stand guard at night while everyone is sleeping; for the sake of others.
- Willing to fight for people he or she has never met; for the sake of others.
- Willing to go days and days without solid meals, showers, or a bed to sleep in; for the sake of others.
- Willing to sleep on the ground or in a truck with his finger on a trigger; for the sake of others.
I could go on but I think you get the idea. Why do they do it? Because they are willing to give their lives away in order to preserve a way of life that is worth dying for. If you feel sorry for Veterans and those who serve, you are sadly mistaken. If you could do something for the Veteran’s today, what would it be. Here are a few things our Veterans would want from us.
What do our Veterans want from us?
- They want your prayers, not your pity.
- They want you to be proud of them, not to feel sorry.
- They want you to honor this great country, not to abuse your privilege of living in it.
- They want you to care and protect the very rights that they fight for, not take advantage of them for personal gain.
- They want you to go where they have been if you can’t do all of the above.
In other words, they don’t do it to gain anything for themselves. The do it for you and for me and our way of life. The greatest gift you can give a Veteran is to honor the very thing they are fighting to preserve.
A thank you, pat on the back and a gift are all nice. But understand that when you give your life away to others for a cause that is worth dying for, it’s no longer about you. Don’t get me wrong, Veterans want to be appreciated.
Here’s how big it is: Whether you appreciate them or not, they will still die for you.
Thank the Veterans today for giving their lives away. The best way you can do that is to thank God that you live in the greatest country in the world and honor it!
From a Veteran…