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Service and Sacrifice

For nearly 30 years, November has been National Veterans and Military Families month. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been part of a Military Family, and my father has been my Veteran hero.

He made an uncertain voyage across the Atlantic from Eastern Europe to America in 1930 when he was 9 years old. Together with my grandfather and his family they built a new life through commitment, courage, and grit.

He volunteered for the hashtagArmy Air Corps in World War II, and continued serving in the hashtagAirForce during the Korean War. As with so many humble leaders of the Greatest Generation, he rarely spoke of his combat experiences, but the way he lived his life and upheld his character told us his story.

As a young boy, I didn’t know that he often worked double shifts to provide for my mom, my five brothers and sisters and me. He would always say, “Do your best. And, whatever you can do, do it well.” He taught me what it means to live life grounded in principles.

Although he passed away when I was 11, and he never knew he inspired me to serve our Country in the hashtagNavy, I have always known he is with me on life’s inexplicable journey, every minute of every day, guiding me with an invisible hand and heart. His leadership values direct me, especially in the most difficult times.

On 11/11 we commemorated Veterans Day, and throughout November we pause to honor and express our utmost gratitude to all our Veterans and their Families, our Heroes. We will never forget your courageous service, we will always remember your selfless sacrifices for our Freedom, and we will teach our children and our children’s children to do likewise.

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