On the 11th day, of the 11th month, of every year, our country comes together to celebrate our veterans and their incredible service to our nation. Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those that have fallen in battle, Veteran Days honors all American veterans, both living and those that have passed, in order to commemorate and pay tribute to all veterans that have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.
Veterans Day offers all of us the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on our personal freedoms, which we cherish so dearly; the kind of freedoms that are not possible in many parts of this world and which have allowed our great nation to offer enormous opportunities for its citizens. All this is only possible through the service of the millions of Americans that have joined our Armed Forces to protect freedom and liberty. Yet, there comes a personal cost, both physical and emotional, that our veterans often endure during and after their service.
Returning Veterans need our support
A large number of returning veterans are in need of supportive services due to poly-trauma, traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other conditions. In fact, the Department of Defense indicates that over 229,000 returning service men and women have suffered traumatic brain injuries over the past decade. All too often our communities are unprepared to address conditions or the needs of our nation’s wounded warriors, particularly those with cognitive impairments or polytrauma. It is vital for many of us to get involved, help educate the public about veteran health concerns, and build community support services for our returning service men and women.
At MedicAlert, we are working to help address the needs of veterans with medical conditions that may impact their day-to-day living. As we strive to do for the millions of other people we serve, MedicAlert is working with veteran’s organizations to help ensure first responders are aware and have access to necessary information in order to improve care for veterans in our communities.
As we come closer to another Veterans Day, let us take pause and remember the sacrifices they’ve made for each of us and our nation. Take the time to go out and thank a veteran and show them your appreciation for their service. Here at MedicAlert, we’ll continue to do our part and work to build strong relationships with veterans, while seeking to engage with other organizations committed to awareness of issues impacting veterans.
On behalf of our organization, let me just say “Thank you” to all service men and women for their service and personal sacrifices to maintaining the freedoms we enjoy today.