This weekend, while many of us are cooking barbeque, there are Americans doing this. While we are enjoying family and friends, there are Americans missing someone who is now gone. As we observe Memorial Day I ask that you remember this:

Only 8% of the general population can claim veteran’s status. 20% of the homeless are veterans. (Reference: National Coalition of Homeless Veterans)

Since the recent outbreak of hostilities more than 20,000 veterans died by self-inflicted wounds, approximately EIGHTEEN Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans commit suicide EACH DAY. That is ONE veteran every eighty MINUTES. (Reference: Army Times)

The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars produced more than 40,000 soldiers wounded in action (WIA). It is imperative that our fighting men and women get the medical and psychological care they need. Not only have they lost limbs….they have wounds that cannot be seen.

This photo is of my son serving in Afghanistan in 2010 with the 101st Airborne, 1-502 Infantry. I write this in loving memory of the battle buddies he lost there, and for those who were wounded in action and are still recovering today. Thank you Sgt. Ryan Cranfill I love you and I am so proud of you. ♥

Please take time to reflect upon the true purpose of this day.  Thank a veteran.  Reach out with a helping hand to those in need.   Even a small gesture can make an enormous difference.


A special thank you to Kerry Bentivolio for providing the sources for the referenced material.