VETERANS! Today we mark a special day in America as we honor all those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and in doing so we honor those who are serving at the present time as well. It is estimated that the total number of Americans killed in all U.S. wars is more than 1.1 million. These men and women sacrificed their lives in order for each of us to enjoy the freedoms and privileges we have in America today. All Veterans have sacrificed in one way or another in the service of their country but you seldom hear them complain about it. Most would say they made the right decision in joining the military whether it was being drafted, prior to an all-volunteer military, or joining of their own free will. These brave men and women have made major contributions to our society and many have done so in spite of serious physical and mental injuries suffered during their service to our country. We should pay homage to the families of these Veterans as well as they also sacrificed while supporting these men and women in their service which often meant prolonged separations.
It is shameful the way many Veterans have been treated in the past and sometimes in the present by some of the members of our society and even our government. It is also shameful that we still have many Veterans suffering physically, mentally, and socially today while so many in our government and in our society seem more concerned about the illegal residents among us than they do about those who have given so much of their lives and well-being to allow us to have the freedoms and opportunities that we have. Yes today is a special day to salute Veterans especially those who have died in the service of our country; but if we want to really honor Veterans we will also turn our attention to those who are now living among us and give them the respect and honor they are due. If we truly do that we will seek out those Veterans in real need and help them through their difficulties. If you see a Veteran in need do something or say something to one that can help them. In that sense we are our “brother’s keeper.” In that way we truly do honor our Veterans. God’s Word says, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God,” (Micah 6:8 NIV). Let us act justly and also do as the Apostle Paul said, “Give to everyone what you owe them…if honor then honor” (Romans 13:7 NIV). Today we honor our Veterans but also let us honor them every day. They deserve it.