It may be long in coming, slow in arriving, but Americans are finally beginning to realize that our defenders can use some defending, too.
And so, many are rising to the challenge and spreading the news, asking for others to join with us to care about our veterans. Gives me great hope. Though these are only videos, the sentiment behind them should shore up our courage to continue advocating for what's right.
These clips are varied, but the message is the same: America cares about you, and we're ready to cover your back dear soldier, sailor, airman and Marine.
First up, an impassioned and informed call from Just A11en that has gotten a lot of views on YouTube and has raised awareness with many:
But, of course, it's not just about awareness. It's also about action. There's no point in knowing about a problem, if you don't find something -- big or small -- to do to help fix it.
For each of us, that action item will be different. For some, it might be volunteering time at a local VA, for others it might be crafting poetry or film or music to spread the message of the great need that exists for more to come into the issue and help solve it.
It might be as simple as donating a few dollars to organizations that are doing the hard work of lobbying Congress and advocating for the needs of our troops. Or it might be sending out a care package or two.
Whatever it is -- just be sure to do.
The next few short clips are questions posted for the upcoming CNN YouTube GOP presidential debate. The first one, especially, is near and dear to my heart.
This young lady, French Lops, is already way ahead of the curve:
Finally, a sweet and sexy shout-out to our troops by Ann Spade:
This was originally supposed to be a shout out to a Marine platoon who served in Iraq. I'm not sure if they are all still there, but I know one isn't for sure. GSgt. Kyle Swanson requested a special shout out around this time last year.
Though Kyle will never get to see the video, I wanted to create it in the same fashion I would normally... one that drew Kyle to my channel in the first place. I had so many things I wanted to do to make it more special and needed more time. As I learned (the hard way)... there is no "perfect" timing.
Thank you to everyone who served and are serving in our armed forces.