Veterans are the reason we have the freedoms that we do.
They fought our battles, they waged war in places most of us don't want to visit.
They gave their lives so that we can feel safe and secure, and have liberties that many others do not.
Today we honor those brave men and women - today we publicly recognize their deeds and heroism.
Many of our veterans return home different than they left - the battle scars, the traumatic images, the injuries - they all change a person, and for some, the change is so significant that they feel lost as they return home. Not all injuries are visible, and for some, the invisible injuries are the ones that hurt the most.
Our Veterans may also return home with brain injuries. Whether a direct hit to the head, injury with multiple traumas, or a blast injury, individuals returning to the States with these injuries face the same struggles as those facing a brain injury here, with the added components of battle experience layered on top.
Veterans need the support of their families, their communities, and their medical teams to ensure a safe and healthy return home. The goal is to always return home to their previous life and work, but with a brain injury, that may not always be possible. Ensuring that the pathways and support systems that assist with the return of our Veterans into the mainstream of life remain open and clear should be a focus of all of us - for us to remain a strong and free country, we need people that are willing to fight those battles for us, and that they can trust that they will be cared for when they return home.
Many thanks to all of the Veterans that are in my life, and special thanks to those Veterans that returned home, only to fight the war on our streets as they become law enforcement officers in their home communities.
God Bless you all.