The video called "What Makes a Hero" by veterans and produced by the BBC is here. As you'll see, there are some military men and women who are uncomfortable being called heroes. It's complicated, for them and for those of us who didn't choose to, or were unable to, serve.
I need to say thank you to men and women I admire, who have the qualities and courage to put themselves between me and someone who’s intention it is to harm me or my country, even if they feel like they're just doing their job. I feel the same way about firefighters, law enforcement, and social service personnel.
The most important thing this Veterans Day, is to re-commit to donate our time, efforts or funds to making sure these dedicated men and women have a rich normal life, like we all deserve, when they come home, and for their families while they are serving.
As the veteran Senator said on the video, "We don't want parades and celebrations, we just want someone to give us an opportunity when we get home."
There are so many ways to help.
- Be there for a veteran or family member when they need it.
- Write your congressmen about issues involving veterans.
- Donate money or time to organizations that make a difference. You may know of some, if not, there’s a partial list on my Vet Links page
IF YOU ARE A VETERAN and know of an organization that works, please leave a link or the name in the comments so others can benefit.
This month all sales from Her First Knight go to veterans charities.
In my fictional contemporary romance, the Under-Cover Knights series, Knights Production Inc. is a studio where images and videos are produced for use on book covers, ads, media campaigns and where the actors and models might even be used as movie extras. One of the owners of KPI, Ridge Romano, was responsible for the creation of a consortium of private companies that’s taking over the care of veterans. Ridge has made it part of their mission at KPI to hire vets and other men and women of integrity and service. They are not only former military but their regard for and dedication to humanity is intrinsic to their everyday lives.
So far we’ve met Luc Larue in Hard Days Knight, who is not only a veteran but whose teencenter in Larue is changing the lives of disadvantaged youth, and Ridge, from Her First Knight.
Let’s make a difference this year. The need is greater than ever.