They’re all around us.

They’re the rural mail carriers, the lumber yard attendants, the salesmen, the welders, the real estate agents, the list continues on.

Men and women who make our lives a little easier.

But before they helped us in our everyday lives, they helped establish the comfort we enjoy today.

They were the legs that carried this country to freedom.

And are the legs that stand firm in defending it.

Veterans.

Men and women who took up arms, accepted the risk, and stood in the face of danger.

We owe them more than our thanks.

Because our thanks is nothing compared the risk they took for this country.

The risk of never coming home – whether that’s physically or mentally.

For over 100 years we’ve been honoring our veterans.

On the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I – Nov. 11, 1919 – Veterans Day was observed for the first time as “Armistice Day.”

We owe veterans more than our thanks.

Because our thanks isn’t enough.

In 2019, there was an average of 17.2 veteran suicides per day, according to the 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report.

Veteran suicides represented 13.7% of suicides among U.S. adults in 2019, according to the report.

Our thanks isn’t enough.

We are indebted to their service.

This Veterans Day go the extra mile for the veteran in your life.

Everyone has one.

Buy them dinner, listen to their stories, ask how you can do something for them.

If you don’t have a veteran in your life, go find one.

There are over 19 million veterans this year, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

We don’t deserve them.

But they deserve so much more than a mere “thank you.”

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