Originally proclaimed “Armistice Day” by President Wilson in 1919, November 11 is now observed as Veterans Day. For many, Veterans Day is more than just a government holiday—it’s an opportunity to honor those who have served our country and offer thanks. As part of this celebration, we talked with some members of the diabetes community to create a virtual “thank-you card.”
Sara Fant, Emergency Medical Technician and daughter of a retired Air Force officer:
We definitely need to honor our veterans. They are a huge part of what this country is, and I truly believe that as long as we have a military, as long as we have those voluntary codes of honor and respect, I believe our country will remain strong. The veterans’ families are also a huge part of what the vets do; they made that sacrifice along with their significant others.
Mona Huff, Community Organizer for the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) Rural Diabetes Coalition:
My brother was a career veteran; my husband was a career veteran and now he works for Veterans Affairs, so obviously I have the utmost respect for veterans and all they have done for us and are doing for us. American soldiers are willing to give their lives for our freedom. Who else would do that?
Lester Johnson, motorcycle enthusiast and Army veteran:
I definitely do want to offer my thanks. I appreciate everything that the military does and has sacrificed for our country—and not only the military, but also the spouses and the parents and everyone else involved. I know from living it first experience, what a sacrifice it is for some people, and I really appreciate anything and everything they did.
Dr. Wendy Satin Rapaport, psychologist, Professor of Medicine at University of Miami Medical School, Diabetes Research Institute:
Thank you, thank you, thank you. The end of your service is the beginning of appreciation by yourself and the American people of your sacrifices and the initiation of good, healing care. Being without your group of men and women that you worked with can be a really big loss, so part of the healing may be to find yourself a group of men and women to continue being close to, who have your back, who get you. I feel like every veteran should come home to a group of other veterans and access to a mental health professional, because there may be much healing to do. We need to work to take away the stigma of speaking with a mental health professional, for the sake of your healing, and your family’s healing.
I would like to lend my voice in expressing my gratitude to those with military ties, both veterans and their families. Your dedication and sacrifice is deeply valued and appreciated. My thanks also to Sara, Mona, Lester and Wendy for sharing their thoughts.
All the best,
Disclosure: Sara Fant, Mona Huff, Lester Johnson and Dr. Wendy Satin Rapaport received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.