Every Veterans Day, I am reminded of two things: Those I served with in Vietnam who are no longer here and gave their lives in the service of our country, a painful thought, and my youngest daughter whose birthday it is today, a joyful thought. I was drafted in 1968 into the Army as an infantry rifleman. I was very nearly a battlefield statistic on several occasions, and would have left behind my wife, unborn daughter and family. To this day, I become physically ill thinking about those days and wishing I knew then what I know now. That aside, I came across a definition of an American soldier and veteran, author unknown, that I believe is worth sharing on this day of remembrance: A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life. It just can’t be said any better.
Richard K. Thompson, Roseville
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