U.S. veterans have done so very much for our nation. Whether they served overseas in the heat of battle or in the many support roles in the background, during peace time or war time, we as a nation owe them a deep sense of gratitude.

U.S. veterans have done so very much for our nation. Whether they served overseas in the heat of battle or in the many support roles in the background, during peace time or war time, we as a nation owe them a deep sense of gratitude.
We hear this a great deal at Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies- at least the relative few that attend them. How can we measure the price they have paid, and the ultimate price of millions of service men and women who never had the chance to become a veteran, because they gave their lives in the Call of Duty?
Its been said that if you can read and write, thank your teacher. If you can read and write in English, thank a veteran.

Veterans are individuals; how they respond to the attention, the desire to express thanks to them varies considerably. Some choose to don a veteran’s post cap and march in a parade. Others prefer to stay in the sidelines. Some tell their stories gladly; other hesitate to do so. That is their privilege.

In all cases, remember that there are people who appreciate your efforts for this country, or what you represent. Veterans Administration (VA) programs are available. Veteran posts offer camaraderie and understanding. VA service officers make their rounds and meet with vets who come out to ask questions.

If you are a vet, find out what services have been set aside for you. Some have very real needs for help; it is there if you are willing to reach out.

Each county has a Veterans Affairs officer who is there to assist you.They have various schedules of when and where you may meet with them.

In Wayne County, call 570-253-5970 ext. 3114 (Frank Muggeo)  waynecountypa.gov/veterans-affairs/

In Pike County, call 570-296-3563 ext. 1205 (Pierce Bunce) Email vetaffairs@pikepa.org. https://www.pikepa.org/vetaffair.html