For Father’s Day, I spent a few hours on the couch with my dad watching Lone Survivor (I know…I’m a great daughter). I remember being confused with some of the terminology. I had no idea what a “frog man” was. Thankfully, my dad’s former military so I had someone nearby to translate for me. FYI – for those still not in the know, frog man is a Navy SEAL.
We’ve always been aware the military has its own language and dress code, and military personnel are trained to assimilate to a very specialized way of life. Our military men and women daily put their lives on hold and on the line so that I can sip my Starbucks venti caramel macchiato in peace. But that sacrifice doesn’t just mean fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. It means leaving families behind, assimilating to an entirely new way of life, wearing specific uniforms, and speaking an entirely new language. Once these brave men and women return from their dedicated service, it’s easy for us civilians to forget that they need time to adjust back to the civilian world – adjusting their language, having to adjust to wearing civilian clothing, and assimilating back to this life. What a challenge!
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
This weekend, we were honored to be a part of the Working Wardrobes Vet Net charity event on board the USS Iowa. These amazing companies, run by Mr. Harry Humphries and Ms. Jerri Rosen, not only help veterans obtain jobs in the civilian world, they also provide them with the clothing to help them be the successful person they have been trained to be.
We are so thankful to all of you military men and women, who have given so much of yourselves so that we can have the freedom that this country tends to take for granted. We know it comes with a great sacrifice, and we are honored to have been a part of giving back to you!
It was a great event! Frog men jumping out of planes, World War 2 Veterans…
Dinner on the fan tail of the USS Iowa…
And aerial artists showing off their moves…
I am honored to have, in a very small way, given back to these people who have served so selflessly and given so much to complete strangers. Thank you to you all for your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice! I hope to be deserving of it.
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