This is Veteran’s Day, 2010. Citizens across our great nation are holding thoughts of those who have served our country, or are now doing so, in a special place of remembrance today. We congregate at recognition services being held for veterans, feeling a debt of gratitude to the veterans that we are able to do so in our free and blessed nation. Indeed, it is the veterans who have made that freedom possible.
The work is over for countless veterans, and they are at rest in cemeteries all across America and abroad.
For many men and women who are serving today the work goes on, and they bravely carry on the traditions of those who served in times past as they fight today’s battles on many fronts.
Other veterans have returned from their assignments, and are assimilating back into the work force, going to school to gain new skills, and taking their places in communities where they often seek out still more ways to serve our nation.
And today we also give honor to those veterans who are fighting on-going, special battles of their own – wounded warriors who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, and illnesses while in the service of our country.
The Wounded Warrior Project has these words as a banner at the top of their website:
The greatest casualty is being forgotten.
If you can, take a few moments today or in the near future to visit the Wounded Warrior Project website. Read some of the stories behind the faces that are shown on the site – you will find both the stories and the individuals to be extremely inspirational. And learn how you can help.
Note: The Wounded Warrior Project website will be especially busy on Veterans Day. If you are unable to connect with it right away, try at a later time as it will be worth your time to learn more about this Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project has a mission that is briefly stated but broad in scope: To honor and empower wounded warriors.
Its vision: To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in this nation’s history.
The core values they espouse: Fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation and service.
Its purpose: To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Browse the Wounded Warriors website and learn about their many programs, including: Advocacy; alumni; benefits counseling; caregivers retreats; family support; peer mentoring; Project Odyssey (an outdoor rehabilitative retreat); Soldier Ride (adaptive cycling opportunities); Track; TTA (Transition Training Academy); WWDSP (Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project); Warriors to Work, and WWP Packs.
Remember all of our service men and women today, Veteran’s Day, 2010, and honor our wounded warriors by visiting their website and learning more about these warriors, the special challenges they face, and what you can do to help.
It is Veteran’s Day, 2010. We are free to remember, but freedom is never free.
For related articles by R.C. Johnson:
How Artist Michael G. Reagan is Honoring Fallen Heroes
Giving Healing and Self-Esteem Back to Wounded Veterans
Severely Injured Military Heroes Are Helped by “Homes for Our Troops”
Helping American Heroes Stay Connected with Their Loved Ones
American Military Heroes: How Americans Are Giving Back
Supporting “Any Soldier”: What to Send; How to Send
Soldiers’ Angels: Adopt a Soldier, Join a Team, or Assist a Project
Disabled Veterans: Marine Completes Running Challenge for Those Unable to Run
Giving Thanks for Armed Services Personnel