VALRICO — Memorial Day is a time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Perhaps it also should be a time to honor their loved ones who suffer the pain of their loss and who gave up so much to support them in their service, said Miguel Reece of Valrico, author of “The Disabled Veteran’s Story: The Sacrifices of Our Veterans and Their Families.”
Reece, a retired U.S. Air Force major and former Department of Veterans Affairs field investigator, recently returned from a book-signing tour in Texas and Louisiana, where he saw how the title of his book resonated with the veterans, their families and their caretakers. He was reminded of how emotionally involved parents, relatives and acquaintances are when a child joins the military or goes off to war.
“Real sacrifices are made not only by the veteran but also by their spouses, children and their family members in support of world freedom,” he said.
Although since 9/11 “we have seen and heard the community expressions of ‘Thank you for your service’ said to military personnel,” said Reece, “we should raise it up a notch, leading up to the Memorial Day celebrations, by acknowledging the daily sacrifices of our military and their families.”
To all the returning warriors this year along with all veterans and their families, “We should show our gratitude with the rightful words, ‘Thank you for your sacrifices,’” said Reece.
Find other ways to say “Thank you” at Reece’s #ThankaVet.
“The Disabled Veteran’s Story: The Sacrifices of Our Veterans and Their Families” is available at www.miguelreece.com, www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
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