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I’ve recently had some personal breakthroughs when it comes to talking about my military experience. I figure Veteran’s Day is a great day for a vet to talk about such things, so here you go.
Thank you to all the vets, past and present, healthy or struggling, home or abroad – and the families that support them.
As usual, I got teary-eyed when I talked about this. When I told Angela about the tears, she came to give me hugs in my office and a discussion about what it’s like to be a veteran ensued.
[Aside: veterans’ partners have a very similar reality to those of vets. There’s another side to the story that I hope Angela will share one day when she’s ready.]
Many veterans don’t have three things:
- The ability to process their emotions
- The understanding that there are many ways to be strong and that talking about their experiences helps others understand the world
- A platform to share their experience
I have all three. As I’ve mentioned before, there are more ways to being a Guardian than carrying a shield.
There are a lot of people to thank today, so I’m going to get on it. Be well.