Veterans Day — I love it!
The Loveland Reporter-Herald published my letter thanking veterans. I wanted to share it with my readers here.
Every other Friday, a group called Veteran Business Owners Network (VBON) meets at a local restaurant in Loveland.
Membership includes veterans from various eras, people associated with organizations helping veterans and those who just support veterans. Our annual golf tournament raised funds for returning vets who have needs.
At the last meeting, as we ordered breakfast, our server handed out boxes containing two muffins. She said, “The cook made too much batter and did not want to throw it away.” Since we meet regularly, the management gifted us these goodies.
I thought, “This will be a nice surprise for my wife.”
After the salute to the flag, introductions and discussion of upcoming events, we adjured.
One member–a former Navy pilot and six-year prisoner of war—mentioned that he “didn’t really need to eat these.” He offered them to any of us. Another member—career Army and Viet Nam vet—said, “I’m going from here up to the Fort Collins Vets Center, I’ll take them.” This center helps veterans with issues such as benefits, health care info, G.I. Bill information and much more.
The former POW passed his box of muffins down the table. In about two seconds, someone else relinquished his box. With no spoken words, everyone in attendance donated their windfall to share with veterans we do not even know.
My wife lost out that day, but some anonymous military veterans enjoyed a brighter day, I hope.
There is a popular Facebook picture showing soldiers in combat. The caption is,” Brothers don’t always have the same mother.”
Happy Veterans Day to my military brothers (and sisters.)