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Veteran Education
11/7/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Susan Lyttek

My guys grew up knowing a good bit about what it means to serve your country.

First off, we live in the greater Washington, D.C. area. A substantial part of the local population is military. Of those that aren’t military, the overwhelming majority of them have either served or have family members that serve/served. My sons have had many friends from military families. Probably one thing they dislike most is when the family of a good friend gets transferred. But that’s military reality.

Second, Gary, his dad and I have all been in the military. Gary was in the Air Force for four years, I was in the Air Force for two years, and his dad was in the Army for two years. All three of us have had an assignment that took us away from those we knew and loved. Gary had one year at a remote in Alaska, I served in Germany and Gene served in Korea. And yes, Erik and Karl have heard those stories. Some of them, they’ve heard so often that they could tell them.

Lastly, the Talbott family mysteries feature a homeschooling military family. While I created James, Jeanine, Justin and Josie, I didn’t have to create the basics of their life and their motivations. I have known many military families over the years who homeschooled to give their kids an educational anchor that would not change just because they had to move… again.

Tuesday is Veterans Day. On November 11th, we honor the members of the armed services who have done and continue to do so much to keep our way of life preserved. So much of what they do goes unsung. We hear about some of the amazing heroes or about those we’ve tragically lost, but we don’t hear about the day in and day out heroes. We don’t hear about the men and the women who leave those they love most because of honor, duty and commitment. We don’t hear about the long boring hours watching a screen to stay on alert or the endless miles of guard duty.  We don’t hear—unless we have a close link and the access to the stories like those my sons have heard.

So if you can, I’d like to challenge you this week to go and get a veteran education. Go talk to someone who has served or is serving. Ask to hear one of their amazing, and shareable, war stories.

Then thank him or her. Profusely.

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Gracie Lyttek From At 11/8/2014 3:18:03 PM

This is so good Thank you Susan.Love Mom

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