Veteran’s Day is the one day a year we set aside to honor all those who have served to defend our country. Whatever branch, What ever war, whatever function. They all played a part. As a group they deserve all the honor and recognition that we can bestow on them. Veteran’s are a special breed. Many have served their communities through groups like the American Legion or the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars many times more years than they were in the military itself. Many veterans left the service and entered such fields as teaching, first responders and health care etc. where caring and service are bigger incentives than the size of their paychecks. So it can be truthfully said that countless veterans continue to serve in very real ways long after they have hung their uniform up.
Unfortunately it is also true that too many veterans have physical, mental, and emotional injuries that have never been fully addressed. We should make a promise this Veteran’s Day to redouble our efforts to get them the help they need, and have earned. My personal opinion is the Christian church world has a very big role to play here. We should seek out sound bible based training in this area. We should look to build relationships with the veterans groups in our area. This should be thought of as a mission field, and it is one that practically every church in our nation has in its own back yard.
May Almighty God bless all those who have served to defend us this Veteran’s Day. May He strengthen and comfort those who need it. May help us gain understanding of the needs of this very important segment of our society. May he allow us to be truly thankful for their service, and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Amen
Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Founder and Editor, Faith That Inspires Action
Admiral, Texas Navy ( Honorary)
Life Member, Navy League of the United States
Military Police Corps-Texas State Guard 1983-1990