On today the eve of Veteran's Day, I think of those warriors who come home a different person. Come home to a family who expects them to be the same as when they left. This is not feasible. This is not reality. They have faced reality head on. They have faced death and hell head on. For this I thank them and say to them, "I hear you."
I quote Marcus Luttrell in his final chapter of the book, NEVER FORGET. "My days are relentless. I think about Afghanistan hourly, playing the scenario over and over in my head until I am on the verge of insanity. I would give anything to have my friends back and life the way it used to be - seeing their faces, hearing their voices, and hell even the way they smell. I know that it may sound trivial to a lot of people, but it's the little things that I miss the most about all of them. It was my greatest honor to serve with these men on and off the battlefield. They died doing what they loved, protecting this great country of ours, and in my eyes there is no greater sacrifice than that."
To all of our veterans and current military in harm's way on this day before Veteran's Day...we are here, we are thinking of you, praying for you, and we know that first and foremost you have our backs. Thank you for your service and your sacrifices. You are not, nor ever will be, forgotten!
I hear you and I am listening. My wish to you all is that you find your special place of peace.