This is Memorial Day 2013. I’m grateful for the service and sacrifice made by the veterans of the armed forces of the United States.  I’ve no doubt that our lives are better as a result of their work.  So, I am always honored and humbled when I have an opportunity to consult with a veteran and assist him, or her, in some small way.

Last week, I had a chance to help a veteran and his wife.  I made a few phone calls and did some research regarding one particular program of veterans’ benefits.  Then, I shared the information with the veteran’s wife and children.  The response I received was, “Thank you so much.  We will rest better knowing that we have complete information.”  I left the office that afternoon feeling as if I had done something useful.  Even though  they were the ones who said, “Thank you”,  I felt a large measure of gratitude just because I had made a little bit of difference for good.

By the way, did you know that you can go to the Veteran’s Administration office, in Decatur, or to the regional locations all around the metropolitan area, and have your questions answered?  You don’t have to resort to using the phone or the computer, if you’re more comfortable with face to face conversation.  The local addresses and phone numbers are listed on the Veteran’s Affairs website,

I’ve had some time today, Memorial Day 2013, to remember with thanksgiving the veterans in my family who served our great nation. I hope you have had that time too.