A Letter of Gratitude from the Daughter of a Veteran

By: Chase Encalade

On this Veterans Day,  let us remember the sacrifices of those who wrote their individual lives off for the good of this country. Throughout his life my father has worn many hats; son, brother, husband, dad (my personal favorite), policeman, constable, fireman, and politician just to name a few. 

My favorite to use against the middle school bullies however was "Marine."

“My dad can beat up your dad” was typical talk in my 6th grade classroom. 

When we think of the U.S. Armed forces we have an almost romantic view of what it means. Men in uniform leaving on ships, bags in hand leaving behind wives and young children; then returning months later to come and sweep them off of their feet. Sadly, this is not the case for most. 

Millions of men and women come back from war with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Divorce and suicide rates of veterans are skyrocketing and families are being torn apart, leaving lives in shambles. These are just a few of the sacrifices that Veterans have made and continue to make. War is a word I cannot begin to fathom. Peace is a word that I deeply know. I owe this to all of the U.S. veterans who keep us safe from harm. The battles that these men and women continuously face for the safety of our homeland is without a doubt priceless. 

To all veterans, thank you for your selflessness and dedication. We see you and appreciate you on this day, and all days. However, particularly on this 11/11, know that we also see your struggles and understand how real they are. No matter rank, position, or title, at the end of the day we all need someone to fight for us. 

Chase Encalade is a Sophomore at Christian Brothers University studying English for Corporate Communications and a staff writer at the Galleon.

Posted by Josh Colfer at 2:30 PM

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