Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day set aside to remember those who “gave their all” fighting to preserve the freedoms of people around the world.
But while it is appropriate to honor those that died, I also want to take a moment to remind us all that sometimes “giving their all” did not include dying. Sometimes it means that their bodies, minds, and way of life is destroyed.
Today, I am honoring the husband of a colleague of mine. They met when they were both in the army. He was a career soldier and served two tours in Afghanistan.
He suffered Traumatic Brain Injury during his second tour. And Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. He is a shell of who he was. My colleague gave up her dreams to take care of him and their world has been turned upside down. He keeps telling her to find a new man, a whole man…that she didn’t sign up for what she is going through.
But with tears in her eyes, she told me the other day, that she wasn’t about to leave her “battle buddy in the field.”
So, today, let’s also remember those that are still alive but gave their all for their country.