Someone – by Jill Morris
While you run errands around town in your air conditioned vehicle, someone has hiked miles across treacherous terrain, carrying 80+ pounds of additional weight on their shoulders, in extreme conditions – and for hours on-end.
While you go out for a beer, or glass of wine before going to the movies, someone sips warm water from a dimpled, plastic bottle, only to pass out from exhaustion and dehydration – a result of being pushed to their limits.
When you can’t make up your mind which restaurant to visit for dinner, someone chowed-down a meal in a wrapper, or can, savoring every last morsel for what it’s worth.
While you play ball with friends, go for a walk down the street, or flip burgers on the grill, someone is bound to a wheelchair, struggling with crutches, or learning to pull up their underwear with prosthetic arms and hands.
When you hear the wondrous sound of birds chirping in the trees, a cool breeze rustling through the leaves, or your favorite tunes on the radio, someone can only hear a din buzz, or, nothing at all.
When you joke around about losing your mind, someone, literally, no longer can remember their own name.
When you’re watching a game with pals from the comfort of your recliner, someone sits alone, in a dimly lit plywood hut, canvas tent, or ship’s berth – weeping – while listening to ‘Taps’ play at dusk.
When you’re concocting an excuse to take an extended lunch break, someone is trying to safely dodge incoming rocket fire during breakfast.
When you glance down to read the daily news, or to see your child’s precious face, someone is living in darkness, or can only see simple shadows.
When you groan about having to take the stairs because the elevator is out of service, someone is working their way through a grueling physical therapy session – and would do anything to take a step without excruciating pain.
When you lay your head on your pillow and comfortably drift off to restful slumber, someone is too terrified to sleep – haunted by visions of death, and destruction.
When you muster the strength to convince yourself that life is worth living despite the setback, someone has been so badly affected by their situation, that they cannot – and choose to end it.
When you are complaining about the bad day you’ve had and all that went wrong, someone is grateful they made it through their day without being injured – or killed.
That someone . . .
has sacrificed their time for you,
has sacrificed their mind for you,
has sacrificed their senses for you,
has sacrificed their limbs for you,
has fought, and fights for you,
has sleepless nights for you,
has weeped, and cries for you,
has lived –
and will die – for you.
That someone, is a Veteran.
Be thankful for what you have, for what you have, is because of what they do.
May God bless and protect our service members – always.
A big THANK YOU to our Vets. They deserve so much more than a free meal and oil change once, per year.