Happy Veteran’s Day from Moving Ahead Services!

While all of the people who saw the movie V for Vendetta were chanting their “remember, remember the fifth of November” stuff, the Moving Ahead crew was saving our attention for a different November holiday, one that we think is rather important. That, of course, is Veteran’s Day.

As many of you may already know, Moving Ahead Services is a veteran-owned company, so we have a lot of appreciation for our country’s veterans, both active and retired. That being said, we hope that you take the time today to not only thank any veterans you know, but to think about what it really means to fight for this country.

Making the choice to join the military is frightening, and remaining in the military after fully realizing what you’ve gotten yourself into is even more frightening. It takes both strength and courage to put yourself in harm’s way on a regular basis to keep your people safe, not only those you love, but countless strangers as well. That’s a lot of people and a lot of responsibility to carry on one’s shoulders, in addition to the heavy gear and equipment that soldiers often lug around in hot, dry conditions.

Consider, too, any veterans who return home to retire with crippling injuries or severe PTSD that disables them from living a normal life. Some veterans are plagued by vivid nightmares that prevent them from resting or are so startled by certain everyday noises that they can’t leave their homes without facing panic attacks. Some veterans can no longer manage everyday tasks due to lost limbs or other physical conditions and must rely on their families in ways that make them feel burdensome. Some veterans don’t even have families to care for them in such situations and are required to be placed in nursing homes to receive proper treatment, even though some of them are still very young.

We don’t bring all of this up to be gloomy, but to influence you to think fully about our country’s veterans and everything that they risk and sacrifice so that we can be safe. We implore you to at least take some time today to think about this if you don’t give veterans your thoughts on other days throughout the year. If you see or speak to a veteran, take a moment to thank them for their service. If you know a retired veteran who could use some help dealing with injuries, PTSD, or anything similar, take some time to reach out to them and show them that their sacrifices were not in vain, nor forgotten. If you know a veteran who is currently providing their services somewhere, especially if it’s somewhere far from home and unsafe, keep them close to your heart and try to imagine what it would be like to be in their situation.

Also, remember that you don’t have to support your country’s wars to support your country’s veterans. Oftentimes, people get too caught up in the political side of things to offer veterans the proper gratitude. Most of the people in the military are where they are out of a moral sense of duty and responsibility to protect their country, not because they want to further the agenda of some political leader.

If you would like a sure way to support your veterans but don’t know how to go about doing so, you can always make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, where your proceeds will help wounded veterans recover with more ease. As a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and as a veteran-owned company, we at Moving Ahead Services wish you a safe and pleasant Veteran’s Day.

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