To you, and especially to all who’ve served our country, Happy Veterans Day!
While thinking about the meaning behind the day, we came across an editorial in the Washington Post from a few years back. It was written by a veteran named J. Mark Jackson, who served in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in Afghanistan in 2009. In the article, he answers the question, “What does it mean to be a veteran?”
His answers to the question bring to light the knee-jerk reactions and emotions of what it truly means to be a veteran in the course of daily life. In honor of Veterans Day, we’d like to share a few of Jackson’s thoughts on being a veteran. They really bring home why the day is so important.
What Does it Mean to Be a Veteran?
by J. Mark Jackson, originally published on November 10, 2016, in the Washington Post1
To me it means:
In reading Jackson’s responses, it became even more clear to us how much veterans have given, and continue to give, to our community, our nation, and our freedom. There are no words we can say, no gift we can give, that could ever repay our personal debt to those who served. But, with every word of kindness, every act of service, and every expression of gratitude, we can at least make up that debt a little.
On behalf of everyone at True Wealth & Company, we thank all our veterans from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for your sacrifice. And thank you, most of all, for coming home.
1 J. Mark Jackson, “What does it mean to be a veteran?” The Washington Post, November 10, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-veteran/2016/11/10/4c6ddce0-9ed9-11e6-8832-23a007c77bb4_story.html