Honoring Heroes

Honoring Heroes

by Susan Neuhalfen

I was born to older parents. While my classmates were the children of the flower power generation, I was the child of war children. My mother was 7 and my father 13 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. They instilled habits and values in me that the other kids didn’t understand because my parents were part of the greatest generation.

Most importantly, my parents taught me to love my country. No, it’s not perfect, but our military has fought hard for everything and we owe them all of the respect in the world. While it’s easy to criticize the government, the truth is we’re criticizing politicians who are certainly not an accurate reflection of the good people who make up this nation.
This Memorial Day make a promise to do something to help the great men and women who have served our country. Here are some suggestions:
•    Make a donation to 22Kill or buy Dad a 22Kill ring for Father’s Day. This organization is doing all it can to eliminate the veteran suicide rate, which is currently 22 individuals every day. www.22kill.com
•    Find out what help is available to veterans in the area such as the Denton County Veterans Services Office or the Veterans Treatment Court. Contact them to find out what they need and see how you can help.
•    Join OperationGratitude.com and send a thank you letter and care package to troops.
•    When you see a veteran or active military personnel at a restaurant, pay for his or her meal.
•    Teach your children to shake the hand of a veteran and thank him/her for service to the country. Make it a habit.
Let’s do the same for our first responders and let’s do this often, because we shouldn’t need a holiday to remind us to be grateful.

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