On Being a Veteran
Being a Veteran is being in service
First of all to our country and next to our
Every Veteran has a story and it’s always
a story of sacrifice ~ for all of us have
sacrificed two, four or in my case seven years in
order to protect the fleet, our mission or our homeland and those
years are forever gone.
But those years are also filled with memories
Memories of camaraderie,
Memories of close friendships,
Memories of shared bonding in battle, in carrier operations or
Many of us have been to the dark side and never returned to
Many of us cannot forget the horror of war and the memories still
Each of us, as Veterans, are proud we served our country and
we welcome the respect and care we receive at our VA clinics and
know, at the deepest level, that we are all brothers and sisters joined
by a common bond of sacrifice and service.
It’s an intangible bond but it’s there and I feel it strongly when
I meet another Veteran ~ particularly a disabled one.
It’s a sense of knowing and acknowledgement that goes beyond
words but resonates in the soul ~
About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].