City of Roses
(angel friendship and support hugs for all military families) God Bless You, Ringo, for this wonderful dedication, as I too honor your whole family who continues to make this brave, noble sacrifice generation through generation and their selfless, honorable dedication for this land of the free.
Though I have and always will have honored our brave young men and women in uniform on this day, this Veterans Day has been an especially emotional one for me, as this is the first Veterans Day since my cousin Jeremy Shank was killed September 6th in Balad, Iraq, who was a corporal on a dismounted security patrol when he encountered enemy forces using small arms.
I've thought about her family every day since hearing the tragic news, and it especially breaks my heart imagining how his mother Debbie copes emotionally with the loss, especially when she has continued to go through heavily emotional highs and lows since her ugly car accident eight years ago which has psychologically affected her ever since. (wipes tear)
That's exactly why, as producer of the KBOO Evening News, I believe it's crucial that our young men and women in uniform deserve to know that they inspire us back home, and that's why I balance the newscast between airing the ugly truths of the war in general with the wonderful, positive things our young men and women do for communities alla cross Iraq. I've aired stories about six elementary and middle schools being remodeled and reopened in Kirkuk thanks to on-ground efforts by U.S soldiers. I've aired stories about new health care facilities being opened by troops in the Wassit Province. I've aired stories about this new new surgical and pregnancy wing in northern Baghdad. I've aired stories about this deaf 3-year old Iraqi girl named Amina being taken to Miami by Army Special Forces doctor Col. Warner Anderson, so she can receive a cochlear implant that has helped her hear again. And I've consistently aired stories like these since I first started volunteering there.
God Bless all our veterans, old and new, this day!
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"