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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise...

Today's History Lesson

To understand today's history lesson is to first examine your own perception of a veteran. It is important to establish the mindset when you hear the word veteran. What is your first impression? What do you think lies behind one becoming a veteran...of course, militarily speaking? That stipulation must be interjected since a veteran, generally speaking, can be a person who has had long experience in a particular field. With your own personal thoughts and experiences firmly in place, read on.

Veteran is an all-encompassing word. 
It is feeling absolute pride, joy, exhilaration and emotional gratification for serving one's country. It means extreme sacrifice for both self and family. It means goosebumps every time the National Anthem is sung or the American flag is flown. It encompasses carrying the scars, mental and physical, sometimes never being able to let go but if asked would you do it over again, the answer would emphatically be YES! It is putting others before yourself never missing a moment to help when needed. It is having a deep love of country and everything she stands for - past, present and future. It is being privileged to maintain the safety and security of America. It is making grave sacrifices and putting your own life on the line if necessary. It is strength, honor and courage even in the direst of times. It is the epitome of patriotism. That is only a part of what it is to be called a veteran!
This Day in History: July 3
The Year: 1930

The Event:  The U.S. Veterans Administration was created by Congress.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is responsible for providing vital services to America's veterans. VA provides health care services, benefits programs and access to national cemeteries to former military personnel and their dependents.

Mission Statement
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. Read MORE...
During your Fourth of July celebrations, be sure to seek out and thank not only the veterans but any and all who serve in our nation's military! 

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