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Veterans Day 2019

November 11, 2019

Today and everyday we are grateful for the sacrifices made by our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.  The United States has never lacked for honorable men and women courageously volunteering to join the military.  Unfortunately, far too many return home to systems that are unable to support them.  We must seek to better understand the challenges faced by our veterans.  That way, when the time comes to provide for those that have given so much we will be up to the task.

Each generation has seen their heroes rise to the occasion and serve honorably in the great tradition of the American military.  Today is no exception.  Many of the people that make up today’s military were not alive when America suffered the tragedy of 09/11.  Regardless of their age, Americans join the various branches of the military for different reasons.  Some do it as part of a family tradition.  Others join for the benefits like the G.I. Bill.  Regardless of their reasons, the common denominator is a pride in service unmatched world wide.

November 11th cannot be the only day we dedicate time to our American veterans.  Far too many veterans struggle with things like homelessness, addiction, poverty and poor health.  Every day in America there is something that can be done to help alleviate the plight of one of our brave veterans.  Whether donating money to charities like the Wounded Warrior project, or spending time with a group that helps veterans prepare for job interviews  and helps provide safe places for homeless veterans, there is likely somewhere near you where you can help give back.

America has been called a melting pot for its make up of people from all walks of life.  The military is a microcosm of this theory.  In each branch, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines as well as the Coast Guard, you will find men and women of all ethnic backgrounds as well as religious affiliations working together.  People across Ohio have chosen to dedicate their lives to protecting America from her enemies and we will be forever grateful for their effort.  Whether enlisted or officer, so many people from across the spectrum makeup today’s U.S. military that it is one of the largest employers in the country.  The skills learned during a military career can help position a veteran for great success later in life and a big part of that is learning how to work together with people from different backgrounds.

Before it was called PTSD, many veterans suffered in silence, not knowing how to describe the constant state of anxiety that filled their lives.  These brave souls were made to feel inadequate because the scars that caused them so much grief were worn on the inside, far removed from even the most talented physician’s touch.  Over time, post traumatic stress disorder became more and more widely known.  It has allowed veterans, as well as individuals that have suffered traumatic events, to process their emotions in a more healthy way and also to seek treatment to help mitigate the effects of PTSD.

We at Summit Releaf are honored to treat each of our patients with the dignity they deserve.  This is doubly so for our patients that have worn the uniform as a United States service member.  Please join us in expressing our gratitude to those that have volunteered to guard and protect us, putting their lives on the line in ways we may never fully know.

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