I never had the chance to go to the military. Sure I was registered as most young men had to do in their senior year of high school. However, I started school, and life just kind of happened as well. But I am proud to say that I had 5 brothers and all of them served time in the military from the Air Force, Navy, and the Army. These men were truly influential in my life and helped mold me into the man that I am today.

I want to take this time to give acknowledgment to all of our veterans out there as we celebrate their lives on this Veteran's Day for your commitment to our country and for fighting for our lives and rights to live here. Unfortunately, we lost so many along the way, but there is absolutely nothing in vain about their lives and what they meant to many of us.

I love all of my brothers dearly and while 2 of them are no longer with me. I have so much invested in me from them both. We were all momma's boys and loved our mother dearly until the end. As a child hearing my brothers talk about their time in the military and some of the tragic events that they saw really is one of the reasons why I truly appreciate every person who gave their time in the military. We appreciate you more than you know. Happy Veteran's Day from all of us to you!

 

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