Letter: Thank every veteran, every chance you get

A Veterans Day ceremony was held in front of the Grand County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 11. Photo by Doug McMurdo


Veterans are a unique breed of Americans, an exclusive family. There are 5 million fewer veterans today than the 26 million veterans of 9/11, approximately 6% percent of the U.S. population. About 600 veterans are living in Grand County proper. Veterans are more accepted now than their vilification during the Vietnam War; 150,000 Vietnam vets currently die each year.

All veterans swore an oath to defend this nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic, as well as an oath to each other and defend the Constitution.

Every raw recruit, soldier/veteran, had to qualify as physically fit, complete the obstacle course, and train with acceptable target shooting of the M16 rifle to graduate basic military training – a war-ready soldier, no exceptions.

A thousand years of military and governmental loyalty brainwashing is a heavy price to pay to be loyal to that oath. All veterans kept this country safe.

Currently, there are millions of wartime veterans. Many became morally and internally damaged by their military service. War is always damaging. Veterans are, at all times, a dedicated war-ready family – this is what the U.S. military is all about. A veteran’s solemn oaths are a lifetime commitment.

Most every veteran is proud. Their mantra: I honorably served my time.

Because of all honorable veterans, America is great! Thank every veteran, every chance you get.

— Gary A. Hazen