Today I want to share with you something that was shared on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook Page. I re-posted it on Veteran Suicides – America’s Shame Facebook Page, but I thought I should share it with all of you as well. I think we are too often divorced from the realities of what so many of our veterans have faced physically, emotionally, and mentally as a byproduct of serving their country with honor. But I would suggest we cannot afford to forget the cost that is paid or the incredible courage that resides within these men and women who step forward to pay it without complaint.
From the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs:
Photo of the Day: Rick Yarosh served in the U.S. Army with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division. He is photographed (left) in Iraq in 2006 before being severely injured by an IED. Now, Rick travels the country to share his story of overcoming adversity. Thank you for your service and inspiration, Rick!
Thank you Rick Yarosh for reminding all of us how courage is defined.
The defense of this country’s ideals come with a cost. A cost that is disproportionately shouldered by the members of the military and their families. Whether the wounds show or not they are always there serving as a reminder of what some were willing to commit to for the good of us all. Few amongst us are as brave as Rick Yarosh, but we all should have the courage to at least hold clear in our mind the cost of war. That is the least we owe our veterans – a recognition of what they have given and what they have forever lost on our behalf.
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