Five Reasons to Honor Our Troops

I was going to post about something completely different today and then I looked at the calendar, and saw ‘Memorial Day’ staring back at me (Note to self: get out of writer’s cave more often).

I’m currently doing a Tour of Fives blog tour to celebrate the release of the 5th book in my mystery series (you can win a free e-book at the end of this post). So the natural post for today is Five Reasons to Honor Our Troops. There are a gazillion reasons really, but I’m gonna pick my top five.

1.   They have a strong sense of duty. Granted they may have other reasons for joining the armed forces as well, but the men and women who sign on that dotted line do so partly, or sometimes mostly, out of a sense of duty. That is an honorable trait.

2.   They make sacrifices the rest of us aren’t willing to make.  Not the least of which is being willing to put their lives on the line. But they also deal with a lot of other things, some of which we don’t think about. Oh, we get that they have to cope with being separated from loved ones and the facing danger part. But dirt, fatigue and boredom are frequent companions.

USMC-120112-M-RE261-003 troops playing cards

(public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

3.   They protect our ability to live in a free country by giving up a lot of their freedom.  Their lives are not their own. They can be ordered at any time to drop what they’re doing, say goodbye to their families and report to be shipped out to wherever they’re needed. And some of them will be affected mentally and physically for the rest of their lives.

At the San Diego 20th annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans  )why do we have homeless veterans?)

At the San Diego 20th annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans (why do we have homeless veterans?)

4.   They ask their loved ones to make sacrifices. If you’ve ever been apart from someone you love for a long time, you know how big a deal this is. They ask their families and friends to go on without them while they serve their country. They are gone for months, sometimes years, at a time. Not only do their mothers/fathers/wives/husbands/children/siblings/grandparents/friends have to miss them and worry about them daily but they will have many family holidays and milestones that their soldiers/sailors/marines/airmen will not be there for. And some of them will never come home.

5.   They protect us from the evil in the world.  As a retired psychotherapist who specialized in trauma recovery, I have seen all too often the aftereffects of that evil. We in the U.S. certainly have our own home-grown evil, but these men and women in uniform keep the evil elements from the rest of the world at bay.

So now I’m feeling quite guilty that I needed a calendar to remind me to honor our troops. We should be honoring them 365 days a year.

A big salute to all the men and women in uniform and those who have served in the past. God bless everyone of you, and God bless America!

female soldier saluting

(public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

Today through Tuesday are the last days to win an ARC (advance review copy) of my new book. Five commenters will be randomly selected to receive one, so tell us your top reason for honoring our troops and veterans!

COLLATERAL CASUALTIES, A Kate Huntington Mystery (#5) will be officially launched on June 6th!

Speaking of the evil in the world…

book cover for COLLATERAL CASUALTIES, A Kate Huntington Mystery

   When a former client reaches out to psychotherapist Kate Huntington and reveals a foreign diplomat’s dark secret, then dies of ‘natural causes’ just days later, Kate isn’t sure what to think. Was the man delusional or is she now privy to dangerous information?
    Soon she discovers her client was totally sane… and he was murdered. Someone is now trying to eliminate her, and anyone and everyone she might have told. Forced into hiding, she and her husband, Skip, along with the operatives of his private investigating agency, struggle to stay one step ahead of a ruthless killer. Skip and his P.I. partner are good investigators, but this time they may be in over their heads… and they all could end up drowning in a sea of international intrigue.

Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She writes the Kate Huntington mystery series.

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  • Reply
    May 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    This is a great post, Kass! My dad served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and I’m married to a Marine. I cannot even fathom the sacrifices the men in my life have made for our country. Serving changes lives and one day is not enough to honor and give respect to those who choose to give up everything to protect and serve the citizens of the US.

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      Kassandra Lamb
      May 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      It is hard to fathom, Shannon. They give up so much for us.

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    K.B. Owen
    May 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks, Kass, for a thoughtful post. There are, indeed, many reasons to honor our troops. I know they would trade any of these accolades for just having their needs properly taken care of when they return home: health care (physical and psychological), job training, job placement, family support, housing support. They often have to go through a crazy bureaucracy just to get the most basic of services; sometimes, as we’ve seen in the news, those services are substandard, too. These guys deserve our best!

    Okay, rant over. 😉

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      Kassandra Lamb
      May 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      I know what you mean, Kathy. I found it disturbing when I stumbled on that picture of the big flag. That’s from an event in San Diego to help homeless vets. They’ve been holding if for 20 years. I realize there’s probably a lot of reasons why these guys may be homeless, but really, can’t we take better care of our vets than that!

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    Debra Kristi
    May 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Great post, Kassandra. The men and women of our military are a seriously special brand of people. My grandfather and father were military, as was my husband’s brother. I can’t even imagine living a life in the armed forces. I had a talk with a vet on a long train trip to San Diego a year ago and it has haunted me ever since. They give so much of themselves. Thank you for this post.

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      Kassandra Lamb
      May 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Debra. You’ve reminded me of a conversation I had with a young soldier when we were flying to Alaska last year. He was going to a new assignment there, and he was from the south. He had never SEEN snow. He was both excited and obviously a bit nervous about what life would be like so far north.

      What was really cool was the airline gave him anything he wanted to eat or drink without him having to pay for it. (And he could definitely put away some food!!)

      He was so sweet! I hope he’s doing well up there!

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    Beverly Diehl
    May 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Veterans are awesome, and many have given up too much, for too little. Thanks got a great post.

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      Kassandra Lamb
      May 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Beverly! My husband and I were talking over dinner on Memorial Day about how different it is now. He was in the Army back when there was still a draft. Today these people volunteer to give up so much in order to protect us. They are awesome indeed.

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