Amazing Patriots and Awesome Individuals — 6 Reasons You Should Welcome Veterans in Your Life!

11th MEU Departs San Diego
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 14, 2016) Marines and Sailors stand at parade rest while manning the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) as it passes under the Coronado Bridge in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 14, 2016. Approximately 250 Marines and 250 Sailors stood along the outside perimeter of the ship’s flight deck as it sailed past San Diego, signifying the beginning of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Western Pacific 16-2 deployment to the Pacific and Central commands’ areas of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado/Released) 161014-M-KJ317-117

A patriot is defined as a person who loves and strongly supports, or fights for, their country and its interests. In America, some of the best patriot examples can be found in the veteran community. These amazing people stood up, volunteered, and took an oath to do the nation’s bidding around the world — even if it meant putting themselves in harms way.

To honor them this Veterans Day, we wanted to highlight some of the top attributes that make them so great!

PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 7, 2010) Survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor salute as the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Services Color Guard presents the colors during a ceremony commemorating the 69th anniversary of the attack. About 200 survivors and 3,000 members of the public attended the ceremony, which also dedicated the new $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, formerly known as the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released) 101207-N-7948R-584

Veterans get the job done, no matter what.  They have an uncanny ability to ‘MacGyver’ any situation as necessary to reach a goal. They can quickly adapt and overcome even the most difficult situations; no matter how often things change. Even if team spirits are down, they persistently push to complete the mission.

Veterans have a sense of humor.  They may have jargon-filled language and an offbeat sense of humor that civilians might struggle to understand at first, but they bring levity to any situation. Whether through combat or everyday military operations, it’s common for Veterans to acquire a quick wit and a playful sense of humor. For some, it’s a way to disconnect from tense moments or tragic events experienced. For others it’s a learned trait formed through bonding…whether they’ve suffered together through the basic procedures of boot camp or the advanced dangers of the battlefield, they understand that laughter makes hard times easier.

Veterans have the best stories, often starting with “one time, my buddies and I were…”  Whether they toured exotic countries with their military friends or were stationed in the backyard of their home state, Veterans usually have a couple astounding stories about their time in service. The unique stories can cover topics like being lost in a foreign land and barely making it back in time for muster, finding ways to manage to amuse themselves during long deployments, or averting near disasters.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 17, 2016) Sailors assigned to amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) participate in hose handling drills on the flight deck. Comstock, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Abby Rader/Released) 161017-N-TU910-159

Veterans embrace diversity and accept brothers and sisters in arms from all walks of life.  Veterans know they have, and are, fighting for the freedom and protection of every person in our great nation regardless of their cultures, ethnicities, and histories, and they respect anyone that has volunteered to do the same. They see strength in people’s differences, but more importantly they see a person’s character above all else.

Veterans know when to lead a group and when to follow.  They can see when a situation needs a leader to step up, and they won’t shy away from the associated challenges of that position. As important, they recognize when being a follower would be more beneficial to a team’s success — allowing others to lead for the greater good. They have been ingrained with a mentality of leading by example, regardless of role.

Veterans believe in freedom and justice for all, and stand up for those ideals.  It has been said, “A Veteran – whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The ‘United States of America’, for an amount of ‘up to and including their life.” This short statement is a great summary of the sacrifice Veterans are willing to make toward all Americans being created equal to pursue their unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

And we couldn’t be more grateful for the Veterans in our lives.

So with our deepest, most sincere appreciation, we’d like to tell all of our Veterans, “THANK YOU!

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2012) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) sits off the coast of White Beach Naval Facility as the national ensign flies from amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released) 120830-N-KB563-101

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