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Veterans Day Thank You

by Kimberly A. Cook                 (Twitter@  WarriorTales)

To all who have served in the military, thank you. For all who continue to deal with the challenges of war and service, you are loved and not forgotten. To our future veterans serving today, we look forward to welcoming you when your tours of service end.

Happy Veterans Day to all who have earned it through service to our country. Including our military animals who served and therapy dogs who support our veterans after service.




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Wishing Our Military Service Members And Veterans Around The World Peace On Earth

by Kimberly A. Cook                          (Twitter@ WarriorTales)

While much of the nation heads into the heart of the holiday season today, I want to remember and thank our active duty, reserve and guard service members keeping watch at home and around the world to keep us safe. One of my all time favorite marching band salutes seems appropriate to let them all know we are thinking of them and their families during the holidays. A big thanks to my fellow veterans and always remembrance of the service members and families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. Wishing all Peace and Goodwill.

(P.S. In the Coast Guard tribute the boat is upside down for the other side of the grandstand. Of course here at the Oregon Bar where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard’s special surf boats are designed to flip upside down and roll back up again. Yikes Coasties!)

So best wishes to all and let’s pass on some fabulous California Raisins for some holiday cheer for the troops!


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A Veterans Day Thank You

by Kimberly A. Cook         (Twitter@ WarriorTales)

This Sunday is Veteran’s Day. The reason we had a national election today is because of the service of my fellow veterans for more than 200 years. While the news media reports and predicts tonight, I prefer to consider the future. One learns very quickly in the military that we are a diverse and wacky group of folks who make up the United States of America family.

Members of the Illinois Army National Guard’s 1-14th Agribusiness Development Team in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in September 2011. Photo by U.S. Army

But if someone comes after our “family,” watch out. Like any dysfunctional family or Army squad, we do the best with what we have and move on. We forge lifetime friendships and agree to disagree. All veterans will never agree on everything, we are a true cross-section of our nation.

But in tough times, the tough get going and keep going, like Navy SEAL Teams and Special Forces. But even those elite teams can’t get the job done without their support staff, families and friends. It takes a nation to fix problems.

So let’s follow our future veterans who are serving today and leading by example in Afghanistan, at U.S. Embassies around the world, at home and aboard, on land and sea and under the sea around the world.Thank you to all who have served and a special thank you to all those veterans who have written their stories to share with everyone else. Lest we forget.

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