Today is the only day that I put aside my adversarial joking relationships with the Marines, Air Force, and Navy. Today, I will not call one of my favorite people a Jarhead. I will call him that at least twice tomorrow! Today is the day that I salute all members of the Armed Forces past and present including my dad (he retired as an Infantry Sergeant Major after 30 years) and myself (I was an Army officer for 11 years). There are 23.6 million veterans, 1.8 million of them are women. I could not find any specific data on African American women veterans, but there are 2.4 million African American veterans. Regardless of race, gender, or branch of service: THANK A VETERAN TODAY!
Unfortunately it is not a Hallmark holiday, but all veterans deserve our respect and most of all our gratitude. Shaking a hand, picking up the phone, sending an email, or giving flowers is the least we can do. It is also the very least we SHOULD do.