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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Thanks, Veterans!

This is my grandfather, Leo. He served in WWI and  WWII. I wish I had been more mature during the years he was alive and asked him more about his life. The only  comment I remember him making about the wars was that he wouldn’t have survived without God there with him in the dark places. If he were alive today, I would love the chance to thank him for all his service, which I could not comprehend when I was a child.

Thanks to everyone else who has served us, too.

How about you? Do you have a story of someone who served or a list of those in your family who have served? Leave it in the comments. It would be fun to create a list of people who we all want to thank!

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