I salute all veterans today - it takes incredible bravery to fight for your country. Past the awful political and hate filled landscape of today, at the core of our nation are incredible women and men who choose to put their lives on the line to protect and save us - and many others around the world. This isn’t Democrat or Republican, this is bravery at its finest. Even today as I type, thousands of firefighters, many of them veterans, fight the terrible forest fires raging throughout our state. I wasn’t very close to my Grandfather, and he never spoke about World War 2 or Vietnam, but I always respected his choice to fight for what’s right. He was injured in battle, and was respected by his troops and sacrificed a lot - time and again - for his country. He received a Purple Heart and climbed the ranks.
I’ll probably never know the full extent of what he went through, but I do wish we treated our veterans with more respect, and support when they need it. It’s something we must all work on - and as they so willingly fought for us, we must fight for them.