This Veterans Day comes on the heels of one of the most contentious and divisive elections of the modern era. As a veteran, I understand elections have consequences and impact people’s lives in ways they never could have imagined.I had no idea the years of war that would follow, the toll it would take on military families, and the battles to be fought to get those coming home the care and benefits they deserved. I no longer wear the uniform, but I am proud to be a veteran. I hope our new President help our veterans to get the justice they deserve. I’ve had the opportunity to work with my fellow veterans to help reform the Veterans Administration, ensure veterans in need have access to healthcare, and just recently, to stop the collections of military bonuses.
Like many Americans, this Veterans Day I will be doing a lot of reflecting. Our democracy can be messy, but it belongs to all of us. Taking care of each other – including our veterans – is a job for all of us. After you thank a veteran for their service, be sure you are doing your part. It's really the best way to honor and thank those who have served.