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It is only a few days until Christmas. People are scurrying around and frantically searching for that one last present. I am one of those. I got all my Christmas shopping done, except for my wife. (The hardest one) I am off later today to search.
Yes, on Christmas day we all will be with family opening presents, enjoying the bonding, and loving that special pecan pie that grandma made.
Well, stop and think for a minute. There are thousands of military who won’t be home with their families this year. They will be in the deserts of Iraq, and Afghanistan. They will be in South Korea trying to find some way to keep warm. (I know I was deployed there!)
They are out on the front outposts protecting people and in harm’s way. They don’t have the turkey dinners. They aren’t sitting with family watching all the bowl games. They can’t hug their children, or kiss their spouse.
We need to think of them everyday. Not just during the holidays. Loneliness, depression, anxiety, are part of their daily routine. We go about our own days here, and often forget about our heroes.
If you can, connect with them and thank them for their service. I my day, there weren’t any cell phones. There wasn’t Skype, Facebook, Twitter, or any social networks. I knew what loneliness really was when I had my first time of not being home for Christmas.
There are many ways to connect. Take the time to brighten their day.
Don’t forget the veterans!
Those who have served and are now home have their own type of struggles. They battle PTSD, TBI, Depression, fear, and much more.
They may be lost in the world, and may feel like no one cares for them anymore.
That is why we have such a high suicide rate of 22 veterans everyday!
If you know a veteran, invite them to your home on Christmas Day. That may be the greatest gift they will receive.
Reach out to them wherever they are. They need to know someone cares. They need to know that they are still important. They need guidance on to how to cope in this not so friendly world.
Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all….never, ever, give up!