I wanted to instead throw out several questions some of you all may have about the role of veteran service organizations, and returning veterans, in creating a more socially just environment for our brothers and sisters who come home from war
People always ask me the best way to say thank you to a veteran or service member and their families in what can often be an awkward exchange that muddles the heartfelt gratitude of the non-veteran. My answer is always the same: get outdoors.
The last two weeks I spent in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with four other military veterans and two volunteer guides from the Sierra Club. The weather was colder, and snowier, than any trip in the 30+ years of combined experience from both guides.
The other day, someone told me that I seemed like a "relatively well-adjusted veteran." It's been six years and counting, and to be honest, I hope I'm never all that well adjusted. None of my heroes ever has been.
You think it is hard to pick out a veteran in a room? Good luck picking out the spouse, the caregiver, the mother or father of a veteran. You may see them in a VA waiting room or at the trailhead for a wounded warrior hike, but how will you recognize them?