Here's something you may want to keep in mind, if you're sitting back to watch a parade, or just enjoying your day off. There are 107,000 veterans who are homeless right now, and another 1.5 million who are close to it, thanks to poverty, lack of support, and medical issues.
So, if you happen to know someone who's a veteran -- and you do, even if you don't realize it -- take a moment to thank them for their service. Then take a moment to ask them if there's anything you can do for them. Rake some leaves, offer a ride to the grocery store, help clean up a back yard. All of these seem like simple tasks, but for our veterans -- the older ones in particular -- it may be an overwhelming chore.
If you happen to be one of our readers, Pagan or otherwise, who is a veteran, a military spouse, the parent or child of a soldier, or active duty service personnel, we thank you today -- and every day -- for what you have done. It is because of folks like you that the rest of us have so many freedoms, and we honor you for it.