As Veteran’s Day approaches…

I am a U.S. ARMY veteran. I was a military police officer. If my country needed me, I would do it all again. Huge respect from me, to ALL veterans of ALL military branches, and all those who currently serve. Despite any faults, hardships and politics….this nation in which I reside, is worthy of our vigilance. I’ve been to some frightening places on this planet….where basic human rights exist only in theory….while I will never subscribe to a belief system that endorses war….I will always believe that freedom is worth preserving. I did not become a soldier to kill. I became a soldier because I love my country and wanted to be part of something bigger than myself. I met and married a Desert Storm veteran, the love of my life and my best friend. My father is a veteran, having served in post-occupied WWII Germany. Many of those I served with, I have been blessed to connect with on Facebook. We have a bond that transcends social media, that looks past the mistakes of youth…it is a brotherhood and sisterhood that can only be forged with combat boots, BDUs and an honor code. A code that says no one is left behind. Not ever. A code that says anything can be accomplished with team work. A code that says even an Army of One can make a difference. As Veteran’s Day approaches, is there something you can do to make a difference? Is there someone in your family you can honor? Do you have a story to share? Honor a veteran this weekend and tell me about it.

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About Maria Appleby

Let's see...I always hate these little "about me" blocks...because I suddenly find myself having absolutely nothing interesting to say. I have never been good at selling myself. I am the youngest child, and only daughter of Michigan farmer, who married a beautiful German girl...after WW II. I have been married since 1990 to my best friend, and love of my life, Don. We were never blessed with children, not for lack of trying, and we now share our home and lives with several loving cats. I am a voracious reader, fancy myself a writer (hey, a person can dream), like to garden, believe in shopping locally for fresh goods, and support fair trade. I was in the U.S. Army for 9 years as a military police officer. I was an EMT for a little while. I've had many different jobs over the years. I like meeting new people, making new friends, and cherishing my old friends. I never thought I would get to the age where I could say...I have known (and liked) some of my friends for over 35 years! Me in a nutshell? I'm an average person, who loves her husband fiercely, her country deeply, her family thoroughly, her pets unconditionally...and I believe everyone matters...to someone. It's wise to remember that. It's also smart to keep in mind...everyone is fighting some kind of battle, so be kind
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3 Responses to As Veteran’s Day approaches…

  1. rumpydog says:

    Happy Veterans Day to you and your husband!

  2. MGirdany says:

    Happy Veterans’ Day to you and Don, and thank you for your service to our great county. I was not in the military, but I had the honor and pleasure of working alongside many USArmy soldiers in Iraq as a civilian. Friendships formed when working side-by-side, day after day were — and are still! — amazing. I salute all men and women who serve or who have served in the US military: thanks for all you have done.

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