My step-father is one of the most fascinating people on the planet. He is a psychologist by trade and has voluntarily devoted much of his free time to veterans' affairs. He testifies before Congress on a regular basis, is frequently interviewed by news organizations as an expert on WWII, POW/MIA/VA issues, as well as post traumatic stress disorder. He is invited to the White House on a regular basis to discuss veteran's affairs and the state of the VA, but has refused to go. Seems he is not too keen on our current president. He was instrumental in pushing forward the WWII memorial in D.C. and was among the honored guests at its unveiling. His passion for his work with veterans from around the country and from every conflict, storm or war comes from the fact that he, himself, was a POW. He can frequently be found talking with former soldiers by phone... or handwriting them letters... helping them get the benefits they deserve.
So on this veterans' day, I am thankful not only for all of our veterans, but also for the work that my stepdad does to ensure that we continue to take care of those men and women that put their lives on the line for us.