Veterans are Still Heroes

As my husband transitioned out of the military we noticed that Veterans don’t get the same admiration as active-duty members. It makes sense, but as I watched him serve his time in the military and then transition out, I’ve noticed that he still serves. He serves his family and his community with the same big heart that he served his country with. He no longer deploys to defend his country, but he serves his country through paying taxes, donating to charity, and voting. He no longer wears the military uniform, but he’s still a hero. He’s now a hero in disguise…and both types of heroes are what’s needed to make this country great.


Veterans and their families may not be currently in a position to stand and defend the country, but their sacrifices last far beyond their military contract. He will always have the scars from the physical toll that his military service gave. He will always be burdened with secrets he can’t tell.

He won’t deploy anymore, but I still get a sinking lonely feeling every night, the feeling that I’ve felt for years from nights, weeks, and months alone. I still fall to my knees crying and praying for every ship, unit, and submarine that gets deployed because I understand the pain.  We will still pray for, and give advice to, those returning from deployment because we know that reintegration back into family life and set routines is not as easy or fun as the media portrays homecomings to be.


If you run into an active-duty member or their family, give them a big thank you, and even pay for their lunch if you can. The burden on their shoulders is astronomical. Please don’t forget about the Veterans though. Let them know that their short time in service, but life-long effects from the sacrifice are still worth it. They may have switched from one uniform to the other, from one occupation to the other, but they are still heroes. They are Veterans.

One thought on “Veterans are Still Heroes

  1. Jim

    July 13, 2017 at 3:32pm

    Thank you for this article. I am a vet and it blesses me to see things like this! Keep inspiring people!

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  2. Muna Kenny

    July 13, 2017 at 2:26pm

    Veterans should be respected and appreciated since they do not hesitate to give the most precious thing they have (their lives) for us!

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  3. David Elliott

    July 13, 2017 at 1:28pm

    Veterans are definitely heroes. And mos t veterans these days chose to serve and are not in the military for various different reasons. They should definitely be honored for their service. Yes honor active military, but honor those who have served in the past as well.

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  4. Leo T. Ly

    July 12, 2017 at 9:16pm

    I think any anyone who served in the military or are currently serving deserves to be appreciated equally. After transitioning out of the military does not make those men and women any less of a soldier. They are all braves and courageous people.

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  5. Anh V. Nguyen

    July 12, 2017 at 4:04pm

    You’re so brave. I totally agree with your opinion. He no longer wears the military uniform, but he’s still a hero. I’m so happy when reading your story. Thank for sharing! <3

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  6. Ana De- Jesus

    July 12, 2017 at 11:14am

    Anyone who is willing to sacrifice their lives is hero in my eyes, especially if they are doing it for the safety of others. So yes your husband is a hero and its sweet of you to be his rock x

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  7. Blair villanueva

    July 12, 2017 at 10:27am

    Anyone who serve the country, veterans or not deserves respect. It is uncondition love and service, and a small prize that we can give to them.

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  8. Kylie

    July 12, 2017 at 9:23am

    I couldn’t agree more! They deserve all the respect for what they did for their country. They are brave souls!

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  9. Amber Myers

    July 11, 2017 at 11:53pm

    Heck yes they are! My mother is a veteran and I am SO proud of her. She is still my hero, always.

    My husband will be a veteran in a few years!

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  10. Gloria

    July 11, 2017 at 9:49pm

    My heart goes out to you. “I still get a sinking lonely feeling every night, the feeling that I’ve felt for years from nights, weeks, and months alone.” that hit me so hard. My husband is only going on business travels 6 times a year for 1 week each and I find that unbearable as is and he is just in hotels and being safe. Can’t imagine being in your situation and adapting back to a “normal” lifestyle. You’re so brave and people like you deserve the best in life. Much love from England!

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  11. Helene Cohen Bludman

    July 11, 2017 at 9:07pm

    Oh my goodness, yes! I’m surprised that anyone would see it otherwise.

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  12. Heather Johnson

    July 11, 2017 at 8:41pm

    Veterans should get just as much recognition as current service members. The only difference between a veteran and an active member is one is done with service. No different than a retired teacher and current teacher.

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  13. Jessica Taylor

    July 11, 2017 at 8:33pm

    I completely agree! They will forever hold a special place in America’s heart! They definitely don’t get enough credit for their sacrifices!

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  14. Dona

    July 11, 2017 at 7:44pm

    Shannon thanks for opening our eyes. We do take for granted what veterans have done for us until Veteran’s Day. I’ll admit that I do. This post has awakened something in me to make note of! I thank God for growth! Thank you so much. Dona

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  15. Corinne & Kirsty

    July 11, 2017 at 5:56pm

    I totally agree that veterans are still heroes. Their past must count as something and they are still helping the community. I think it is because of the bad perception of veterans spread by movies and TV shows where none of them can get back into civil life. While it is just a bad conception xx corinne

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  16. Sarah Bailey

    July 11, 2017 at 2:55pm

    I totally agree with this, people just don’t stop being heroes because they have stopped doing something, all vets are amazing.

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  17. Sarah Bailey

    July 11, 2017 at 2:49pm

    I think it is a shame that when people have left the military they get treated differently, they are most definitely still heroes.

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  18. Elizabeth O

    June 8, 2017 at 10:27am

    Absolutely! In my book, all servicemen/women are forever heroes. They served their country under tough conditions and gave their all so we can be in our homes and feel safe. Heroes? Definitely!

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  19. Christine

    May 27, 2017 at 7:32pm

    The transition from active duty member can be a very difficult one, even in the best of circumstances. It’s a huge adjustment as it often means starting a new chapter in life as a veteran.

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  20. ohmummymia

    May 27, 2017 at 6:54pm

    Yes you are right! They are heroes and nothing can change it! It doesn’t matter if they transitioned out of the military

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  21. Arlene

    May 26, 2017 at 3:51pm

    I agree, its such a sacrifice for the whole family and sometimes veterans are forgotten about after their term is over. Such a lovely post! A thank you to a veteran is the least we can do.

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  22. Amy

    May 26, 2017 at 1:16pm

    I can’t imagine just what it is like for you both, it must be a whole different life. You’re both very brave though.

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