Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day, Dear Heroes!

For many of our nation's heroes, especially those who are faced with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury), parenthood can be even more challenging than normal.  There are hundreds of thousands of veterans who have left the battlefield to face a new war at home, a war that requires daily bravery, can drain their mental and physical strength, and seems often to be a battle they will never win... and in the middle of this struggle, they are helping parent our next generation.

So, dear heroes, today on Father's Day, we want to say THANK YOU.  Thank you for continuing to work towards healing, to make hard choices to face ongoing therapy and counseling in order to make life for your children better, to set your own (sometimes overwhelming) desire to quit aside for the good of those you love. 

The steps you make every day will build toward a lifetime relationship with the little hearts you hold in your hands... the little ones who look up to you, long for you, and love you.  Thank you for your sacrifice for them, for your family, and for your country.  The difficult steps you take now, while they may not always be recognized, will someday add up to mean the world to your sons and daughters.

Happy Father's Day, Dear Heroes!

Life Lessons

You may have thought I didn't see,
Or that I hadn't heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.

Perhaps you thought I missed it all,
And that we'd grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It's written on my heart.

Without you, Dad, I wouldn't be
The person I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away.

I've grown up with your values,
And I'm very glad I did;
So here's to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid.

By Joanna Fuchs

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