Only those who experienced firsthand the horrors of combat can understand why most of these young men and women feel compelled to take such drastic and permanent measures such as suicide.
As Veterans Day ceremonies and parades occur throughout the country, it is important that we commit ourselves to do everything possible to prevent these needless and tragic deaths.
There are many tangible ways we can acknowledge their sacrifice, but the easiest is to simply say, "Thank you for what you have done for our country."
Veterans Day is a time to honor not just those who have fought for us in battle, but all of the outstanding men and women who served in our nation’s armed forces since our founding more than 237 years ago.
Not all veterans have seen war, but a common bond that they share is an oath that they expressed their willingness to die defending this nation.
Perhaps, most significant in preserving our way of life, are the battles that America does not have to fight.