To all of my fellow veterans around the world... I salute you and wish you a Happy Veterans Day.
We know it’s such a great sacrifice for anyone to make the decision to join the military for his or her country. It is a selfless act of love, courage and bravery that make this world progress for the betterment of the human race. There are service members that are visible and those members that have taken off the uniform, but there still is a sense of honor and camaraderie among those that served. As we reflect on this day of remembrance, please give an active service member or veteran a hug; a personal conversation of gratitude; a token of appreciation and/or other acknowledgement of his or her service.
I bet you didn’t know that that there are about 21 million veterans out there and that four million of those veterans have served since September 2001 according to the US Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics.[i] With that many service members, I know you can look within your family and find at least one veteran.
I would not only like to thank the Veterans, but also the veterans’ family members that supported each and every service member who may or may not have been an intermediate family member or even a family member at all. These supporters provide a great amount of support within the military community and deserve an honorable mention. In fact, if it wasn't for the children of several elementary schools in the US during my tour in Bosnia and family members who sent care packages during this time, I might have gone into a depressive state of mind overseas during the holidays. There is nothing like strangers reaching out to you in a moment of need and showing that you are thought about and cared for. AMEN!
A few special freebies are listed below for any veteran who is participating on this great holiday:
Bertucci’s – Free small cheese pizza
Boston Market – BOGO individual meal free a coupon on their website.
Creamistry – 50 percent off any single item Sunday and Monday
Famous Dave’s – Free tow meat lunch combo
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers – Veterans and active military who visit a Freddy’s restaurant Sunday get a free combo meal card good through Nov. 30.
Glory Days Grill – Free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled wings
Waffle House – Use a printable coupon to get one free classic waffle through Nov. 30. The coupon's fine print does not say it’s only for veterans and active military but does need to be printed. Find the coupon at www.wafflehouse.com/veteransdaycoupon.
Red Lobster – one free appetizer or dessert
Red Robin – Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries
More can be found on https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/
One love and respect,
***Any Veteran that participates in our fundraising pop up dancehall event with Raediant Movement, LLC on Saturday, December 18 at 1pm will receive a special gift of appreciation, but you must let me know you plan on attending. ***
 Emily Rolen, “A Closer Look at Veterans in the Labor Force.” Career Outlook, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nov 2017. https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2017/article/veterans.htm