Why Veteran’s Day is important to those with special needs.

by Jennifer Dyer

This morning I attended a Veteran’s Day program at Rachel’s school. I expected Rachel to last maybe five minutes before she became disruptive or upset about the change in her routine.

She sat through the entire program. She stayed mostly quiet. She remained in her assigned spot. She even waved her streamer at approximately the correct moment. Two girls from the mainstream classes sat on either side of her and helped her stay quiet or showed her when to move.

My throat got tight and my eyes filled with tears.

How blessed we are to live in a country where we have such freedoms! Throughout history, those with special needs were considered a burden, a blight, something to be put away.

But not here in the United States of America.

We live in a compassionate society that goes beyond caring for the marginalized. We have an education system to help those who don’t fit into the typical mold. We have people willing to give their time to make life better and even amazing for those who cannot help themselves. Our children are willing to offer a helping hand to those in need.

If it weren’t for the soldiers and families who gave their lives to fight for this freedom and to continue to protect it, Rachel would not be where she is today.

Rachel is blessed. We are blessed.

Thank you for your service. I can never express how much it means to us.

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Happy Independence Day and Thanks!

Happy Independence Day!
I wanted to take a moment to thank all those I know personally who have served or are serving in our United States Armed Forces. And I thank all the rest of you, too!

Steve V. Navy
Laura T. Marines
Leo Vernon Platner Navy
Prince Platner Air Force
Ernie C. Army
Kalen H. National Air Guard
Carolyn S. Marines
Jeff B.
Steven H. National Guard
Andy S. Marines
Andy’s brother. :-)
Sonny B. Marines
Mike Marines

My favorite hero K9- Sergeant Rex
And all of the rest of the people currently serving or who have ever served our country. Thanks.
I know I have left off names. Motherhood has commandeered most of my brain cells, so I apologize. I will remember as soon as I post this. The kids are fighting. Gotta run! Thanks again!

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