As another Veterans Day approaches, thoughts focus on our many military veterans. Those thoughts are on all veterans regardless of whether they served overseas and in combat.
We know veterans who rarely participate in observances honoring all of those who served because they feel they didn’t contribute the way other veterans who served overseas did. They believe that their service was minor and that they really don’t deserve any recognition. That’s unfortunate.
Anybody who served in the military made a sacrifice and a contribution to this country. They should not belittle their time in service. It is not their fault that the military placed them in a noncombat position. The military’s structure is such that it is a numbers game — so many men and women go here, and there, and in most instances they have no control over their assignments. There are exceptions.
Support troops are vital to any particular mission in the military. The support troops are necessary in this country and overseas and in combat. You can’t win a battle or a war without support troops. Their support positions often go unnoticed, and receive little or no praise, but they are vital in military operations.
There are some former members of the military who served short periods and contributed very little due to circumstances, perhaps medical or the end of a war, and yet became active in veterans’ organizations and causes. They are eligible to serve in veterans’ organizations, which recognize the fact that they did make a contribution, even if it was a minor sacrifice, usually due to no fault of their own.
Veterans Day, Nov. 11, recognizes all who served, regardless of their role.
There is a sad side to Veterans Day. Our military veterans are passing away in constant, large numbers. Their contributions must never be forgotten by the generations of Americans who follow them.