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Happy Veterans Day

By Diane Wasden, Army

Writing Type: Prose

By Diane Wasden

VA Medical Center - Augusta, GA

 

To some, freedom is nothing but a seven-letter word, but freedom is owing your life to those who gave you your freedom to choose.

 

Can you hear the veteran yell, "I'm all in!"? It's a familiar phrase in poker. A player will say those words when he puts all his chips (life) into a bet. He holds nothing back, and the risk he takes is great. If he wins, he gains a huge payout (victory for his country). But if he loses, he's out of the game (life over) and loses everything.

 

Our military plays just that game. They are all in. They will go to any length, suffer any inconvenience and run any risk for God, Family and Country. Some leave behind their homes and loved ones because they are dedicated to their country, their eyes tearing up, appearing brave to hide the fear for no other to see.

 

They make that all-in bet, never knowing their fate. They start feeling anguished and all alone, separated from special ones at home who patiently wait. They have leapt across time, cultures, languages, seas, oceans and lands. Many represent this country in life-or-death situations with honor, courage, and loyalty. Some face death everywhere they turn. So many survive devastating combat wounds, and let us never forget about the ones who have come home in a grief-stricken, exhaustion-induced stupor.

 

What it all boils down to is we have great men and women in our armed forces. Thank a veteran--past, present and soon to be--for yelling "I’m all in!”

 

It was once said to me:

I am an American soldier.

l am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States.

l will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

l will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade behind.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American soldier.

 

May God bless all you heroes and bring all who are away from your loved ones home safely. We are all so thankful for your service, and we are very proud of you.

 

Happy Veterans’ Day!


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