Veteran's Day 2020

(From Living Lutheran, the magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Five ways to honor veterans

With Veterans’ Day upon us, it’s good to remember the 20 million of them who live among us. Some are members of our congregations and worship in our midst. Each one entered the military for a variety of personal reasons. Each one was willing to put their lives at risk for the defense of our country. Of our veterans, 77 percent have served during wartime. We sometimes forget we are currently still at war.

Without the draft, our military is all volunteer. We have what is now a professional military force with many people having served multiple tours in combat zones, which can take a toll on an individual. Besides risking one’s life, there are many other risks, such as serious physical injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), spiritual and moral injury, and more. With an average of 20 veterans completing suicide each day, we know that some of them are struggling and need help. Of those 20, about 14 have no connection with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its resources. All of these veterans are in our communities. As individuals and congregations, we can all be a part of the solution.

Here are five ways to start helping: More:

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