Generations of Veterans have felt that the sacrifice they voluntarily performed for their country has gone virtually unrecognized. You can find examples of this everywhere you look. It's so easy as a civilian to move through your day without even a thought to those that sacrifice daily for our freedom and protection.
Being a parent is the most selfless gift. Your job is to give this person, who is your heart outside yourself, everything, while grooming them to someday leave you and go into the world. With our children, we have a beautiful interchange --each of us being the other's greatest teacher. Here's what being a parent has taught me.
So what's the best advice I can give to others when they see a transgender citizen? Be kind and be patient. What if the transwoman that walked by you wasn't feminine enough? Be patient, she is learning every second she spends in public. Be kind, because the setting she is learning in is cold and unforgiving.