A Letter to Veterans, a Combat Wounded Marine, Reuben D’Silva in honor of the US Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day
You are the next generation, just as I was to those that came before me, that I hope I set a positive example of how to wear our countries colors and to serve this great nation of ours in the good times and bad.
I put you on the cover of Our Own Voices so you would be the example to your next generation and in recognition of the US Marine Corps Birthday. I wanted everyone to know that you served in combat and shed blood for them. Just as you served away you also brought that training back home to continue your service. We need more of our military both active and Veterans to do the same. This is of particular importance to our minority communities. Since we can destroy and rebuild a country I know we can improve our communities back home.
Reuben, in honor of your sacrifice, other veterans and those that wear the Purple Heart, I ask all veterans that can, to bring that sense of military service, commitment and ‘can do’ attitude back home to your communities. Just as we read to students in faraway lands to teach them English, I implore you to go to your local school for 1 hour a month or more and read to a child. Whatever your level of expertise and your comfort zone is, let’s share it right here in the U S A. Our country is calling us to service one more time. She needs us. Will you answer the call?
Semper Fidelis “Always Faithful”.