Richard Humphrey, Department Commander

Richard Humphrey, Department Commander

By: Richard Humphrey, Department Commander – Article Published In Nov 2014

VETERANS – Ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. Young and old – rich and poor – black and white – and nearly every category in between, they are the men and women who served or are still serving America.

We are their friends, their family, their co-workers and their neighbors. It is up to us to ensure that every veteran feels that his or her service to this country is appreciated by their fellow Americans. There many tangible ways that we can acknowledge their sacrifice, but the easiest is to simply say “Thank you for what you have done for our country.”

If that veteran has made the Supreme Sacrifice, remember the price that has been paid for our freedom and offer your support to the loved ones left behind.

Some have endured great hardships, separation from family and drastically altered lifestyles. Some have experienced the horrors of war. All sacrificed something so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Governor Ronald Reagan in 1974 asked, “Where do we find such men? We find them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms.”

And it isn’t just the men. The military women have proved themselves in combat with extraordinary accomplishments.

Fewer than 10% of Americans can claim the title “MILITARY VETERAN and what a list of accomplishments those 10% claim?

Today is important because we choose to honor the living veterans from the Greatest Generation to the Latest Generation. But we must honor them with deeds, not just words.

Born of their extraordinary accomplishments comes our extraordinary debt. And part of that debt is owed to the military families who have sacrificed so much for their country.

We must honor all of these families and not just with Blue and Gold Star Banners, but with compassionate hearts. PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and life-altering war wounds not only affect the veteran, but can also take an enormous toll on the family as well. While veterans are often ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things, it is often an extraordinary family that supports the ordinary veteran. And it is the veterans that have given us this extraordinary country.

The Commander of the SAL, the President of the Auxiliary and I have taken on supporting the HBOT program in Louisville. Help us get this much needed treatment to our veterans so that they can return to a much more normal life. Bring your donations to the Mid-Year Conference so that we can acknowledge your contributions.