On this Veteran's Day, I have a simple request: Make it Real.
Talk is cheap. Doing is more complicated.
Instead of just thanking a vet for his/her service, honor them. It could be as simple as purchasing them a cup of coffee. Take them to lunch. Spend 30 minutes listening to them. Go to a religious service with them. Make your words mean something more than a hollow goodwill gesture.
If you are religious, talk to them about hell. Many of us have seen it. Some, still live in it.
If you like weapons, well, I don't know a prior service member that can't talk about that subject.
If you are ticked about the NFL or any of the other million issues affecting vets, there are your talking points. Sit, talk and spend time. You may be surprised at their opinion.
So, on this Veteran's Day, which falls on a Sunday, make it real. Follow your words up with action. Truly honor those that have dedicated their lives and blood to freedom and making this country the great country it is.
It truly was an honor to serve.
Thanks for reading,
Jay C. Theriot