“Our veterans left everything they knew and loved and served with exemplary dedication and courage so we could all know a safer America and a more just world. They have been tested in ways the rest of us may never fully understand, and it is our duty to fulfill our sacred obligation to our veterans and their families. On Veterans Day, and every day, let us show them the extraordinary gratitude they so rightly deserve, and let us recommit to pledging our full support for them in all they do.” -President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation: Veterans Day 2015
Happy Veterans Day to all the men and women who have bravely served our country! Thank you for your great service. As an Army Veteran wife, I strongly support our military. I am very grateful for our service men and women who have served and are currently serving the United States of America.
Today on Good Life Detroit, I would like to dedicate this post to our U.S. Veterans– the men and women who have died fighting for our country, the men and women who served our country greatly, and the men and women who are still currently serving in the United States military.
I also have a few honorable mentions I would like to share today. Thank you to the families who contributed their loved one’s photograph and message for today’s blog post. We are very proud of your loved one’s service!
Larry Anderson, United States Army (Retired, 24 years)
Brittney Anderson honors her father Larry Anderson for his great service in the United States Army.
“My father taught me compassion at an early age and how to appreciate freedom. He served 24 years in the Army. He always said serving in the military taught him how to appreciate family and love of different cultures. He went to war and met many milestones and humbly always put his family and this country before himself. He will always be a hero!”
Johnathan Winchester, United States Army (Active Duty)
Chrishlynn Winchester honors her husband for his great military service. He is currently serving active duty in the United States Army.
“Just wanted to say thank you to my wonderful husband who sacrifices, yet provides so much for our household. He is an amazing man who works early mornings, late nights, and sometimes 24 hours straight. But he always makes sure that our daughters hear his voice for his good mornings, good nights, and good jobs! He does not always work in the most comfortable situations because working in -55° or being deployed in 115° is definitely not what I would call comfort, yet he doesn’t complain he grins and keeps on going. Thank you for being Army Strong, my love, and thank you for being our hero, leader, and just being YOU!”
Kathleen, United States Army
Today I honor my mother for her service in the United States Army. My mom served as an Army nurse. I admire my mom for her dedication to the Army and nursing. She has taught me how to be a strong woman and how to work hard. I have learned from my mother how to overcome hardships and stand strong.
I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for my mother. My mother served in the Army during a time when it was challenging for women to serve in the military. And yet she had a very successful military career. After her time in the service, she continued to serve as a nurse at an Army hospital. I am very proud of my mother’s Army service! I love you, Mom!
Roosevelt Jefferson, United States Army (Retired, 23 years)
SFC Jefferson’s grandchildren honor their grandfather for his great service in the United States Army.
“My grandfather overcame many obstacles in the military, such as being a black male in the Army during the Civil Rights Era and serving in one of the most controversial and tragic wars. But he learned how to overcome the hardships with great diligence. He said his time served in the Army made him a man. It made him grow up. My grandfather served in Vietnam for thirteen months. He received the Bronze Star, one of the highest standard awards a Soldier can receive, for his time of serving in the war.”
Travis Hamra, Untied States Army
I would like to recognize my husband Travis for his service in the United States Army. My husband served 8.5 years; he medically separated from the Army in March 2015. After sustaining an injury from a deployment to Iraq, the injury worsened over the years. Travis loved serving in the Army and hoped to serve a full 20 years. When he was in the Army, he was very dedicated to his job.
Travis had one deployment to Iraq and one tour in Korea. He worked long, hard hours. I strongly believe because of his time in the Army it help equip him for working in the civilian sector. Even now with his new job, he works hard and is fully committed to his new career. He is a great role model for our children. If Travis could go back and serve again, he would do it in a heartbeat. We are very proud of his service in the Army!