Today we honor America’s Veterans
Veterans Day was established in 1919 on the Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended WW1. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
Since then, our Veterans have served all over the world in conflicts large and small, selflessly carrying out the will of our civilian leaders and America’s national interests. They have postponed careers, sacrificed time with family and served in horrible conditions for modest pay. Too many have come home gravely wounded or have lost their lives. Despite any political or philosophical disagreements with our leadership’s decision to send American lives into harm’s way, our country comes together to recognize and celebrate the men and women who voluntarily choose to serve in Uniform. They are among the best America has to offer.
All of the staff at MEDVAL sincerely thank all of our nation’s Veterans past, present and future for your example of bravery, sacrifice and willingness to do what others cannot or will not do for the benefit of our nation and the world.
“All gave some and some gave all” -Unknown
Lieutenant Colonel Toby Barfield – USA (20 year veteran)
Lieutenant Ryan Roth – USN (10 year veteran)
Captain Aurora Cabrales, USAF (14 year veteran)
Captain Marrilyn Larrimer, USA (10 year veteran)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Aevon Bucknor, USN (4 year veteran)
We would also like to offer an extra special salute to our own Renne Martinez who currently has three children serving in the United States Army. Two of her sons are in Iraq and Afghanistan serving in what those in the military term “the tip of the spear”. Her daughter is an Army Medic that hopes to attend a physician assistant program once her tour of duty is complete. We wish them well and a safe return from duty.
MEDVAL supports the Wounded Warrior Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ . Please join us in supporting this worthwhile cause.