Those of you that know me well also know that I am a veteran. I served in the United States Air Force for nearly ten years. Every Veterans Day a lot of people thank me for my service, and I appreciate that. It is good to see that many people out there appreciate the sacrifices that serving in the armed forces entail.
But I have been giving this a lot of thought for the last few weeks and I have decided that this year, the best way to thank me for my service is to do one simple thing. Vote.
I can’t speak for every veteran, but I know that the single biggest reason I support my country is that it actually is a place where you can say most anything you want, as long as you’re willing to live with the consequences of that. I am willing to listen to whatever someone has to say, even if I disagree completely with what is being said. After all, as Voltaire said, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” And the right to vote, to have a voice in selecting who will run this country, is the reason that many young men and women are even now wearing uniforms and standing guard.
So, I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, gay or straight, black, white or any color in between –just vote every time you can. That shows you’re thankful to veterans in a way that gives meaning to the service they have given this country.