Being a Veteran for me is a constant knowledge that out there right at this moment service members are in harm’s way, living in discomfort, far from home and those they love. Individuals who’ve made an oath and sacrifices and shoulder/execute the unimaginable. It’s seeing my own young eyes wearing a uniform. Taking to heart the ideals of this country and loyalty of friends who’ve come together from all walks of life. Being aware that innocence shatters, pain builds and help may be needed. With age you realize the value of life because you’ve lived one. Early on mine was shaped in a uniform, driven by an oath and forged by lifelong friendships. It’s been a pretty solid run. Thank you those who came before me, served with me and will follow after me. You are in my blood, my heart, and my mind. I’m a United States Military Veteran.