Veterans deserve recognition, respect outside of federal holiday

Sally Cochran, Editor in Chief

November 11. Veteran’s Day.
We all spend the day thinking about those who serve or have served our country.
But what about the other 364 days in the year?
According to Vetfriends, From 1950-2000, we have had 188,800,000 different people served in the U.S. military for at least a year. In these same 50 years, 27,300,000 American people were deployed or served out of the country.
America is often hailed as the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave.’
The bravest of us are our soldiers and veterans.
The volunteers who protect this country and the many freedoms that we have here.
I’m not super-patriotic. There’s not an American flag in my room. I don’t have the Declaration of Independence memorized.
I just think that the men and women who sacrifice it all to keep this country free deserve our deepest respect.
Not only do they volunteer, they go through a rigorous process before becoming a part of the Army.
First, they talk to a recruitment officer. Then they go through both Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). In BCT, soldiers learn what every soldier needs to know — the Seven Core Army Values, teamwork, weapon training as well as other skills. During AIT, soldiers learn skills and information pertaining to their specific job.
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Did you know that we have the most-deployed military in the history of the world? The U.S. has servicemen in 75 percent of nations globally. (
When soldiers are in service, depending on their particular job, they may be out of the country.
They’re fighting for a country that they’re not even in at the time.
That’s a dedication that I can truly admire.
Also, they’re missing the comforts of home and their families.
I can’t imagine being in a foreign place, away from all that I am used to. Not only that, but all of my friends and family would be away at home.
Veterans and soldiers make so many sacrifices in order to protect and serve our country.
As an American, I just want to thank each and every one of them.