We have so many friends and family deployed right now. I decided to pick one to feature on this Veterans Day blog post. My cousin, Ryan, represents the many soldiers who are deployed. His new family represents the many families who will soon be spending the holidays separated from their loved ones. Ryan has just started his tour in Afghanistan.
He is newly married to Lindsey and they had a sweet baby girl just before he was sent over to Afghanistan. Ryan is a combat engineer with the 469th Engineer Company from Dodgeville Wisconsin. As a combat engineer, he does route clearance which means he goes out on routes looking for IED's before anybody else goes on that route. The vehicle he rides in on missions is called a Hemmit Wrecker.
Please pray for not only this precious family, but all the soldiers and their families. If you know of any soldier who is deployed right now, I would encourage you to get their address and send them a care package or even a hand written card. This means more than you can imagine. If you know of any families of deployed soldiers, please remember them not only in your prayers, but in your kindness. Find out what they need help with, whether it be raking leaves, cleaning gutters, hauling the leaves away, etc... Make sure they aren't alone for the holidays. Invite them over for dinner, ask to watch their kids so they can have a break. Make sure they have a Christmas tree AND help get the tree in the stand. (I didn't have a tree when Michael was deployed because I didn't have the foggiest how to get the tree balanced in the stand with a 1 year old "helping".) These are all very practical things military families appreciate.
Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served, past and present. May God be with you and your families and may He honor and bless your sacrifice for this great nation. Hope you all find a Veterans Day parade to go to today. It is a great way to teach your children how to honor these brave men and women.
Happy Veterans Day!