On Veterans Day, November 11th, and Every Day, Americans Thank Veterans For Their Service in Defense of the Republic


by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret), ©2019, CombatVeteransForCongress

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(Nov. 10, 2019) — On November 11th, Veterans Day, and every day, Americans are appreciative of veterans for their service in the defense of the Republic when they were once active members of the US Armed Forces.  We remember and honor military personnel who gave the last full measure of devotion in defense of the Republic and were lost in combat.

In certain cases, many years after being honorably discharged, a veteran eventually succumbed to a combat injury that occurred while he was on active duty.  Col. John W. Ripley, USNA ’62, USMC (Ret)(Navy Cross) (Distinguished Graduate of the US Naval Academy) is one of those many well-known “honorable” veterans.

Veterans and active-duty personnel can click on the below-listed link to learn of the many discounts and free meals that restaurants will extend to veterans on Veterans’ Day in order to thank them for their honorable service, and in some cases discounts are extended on days before and after Veterans’ Day.

Veterans’ Day Discounts: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67508/veterans-day-discounts-2019/

Many veterans still suffer from the negative effects on their health as a result of volunteering to defend the Republic from enemies in combat.  An average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day.  Many of those veterans had been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or from disabling wounds received as a result of their combat tours on foreign fields of fire.  Other depressed veterans may not have been able to obtain timely or adequate medical treatment or therapy for their debilitating wounds or PTSD.

The overwhelming majority of 23 million veterans in the United States are good citizens who quietly go about their normal lives, are gainfully employed, support their families financially, and provide the careful and loving guidance to properly raise their children.

Some of the ways that veterans continue to serve their country and support their fellow countrymen is by serving in law enforcement, as first responders, in government service, as members of the clergy, in the medical fields, as computer technicians, in science, in education, as airline pilots, in research, as members of Congress or in other elective or appointive offices, and in many other civilian endeavors.

By clicking on the below-listed link, you will be able to listen to a powerful message delivered by President Ronald W. Reagan about “A Soldier and His Pledge.”


Every veteran, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”  If you know or recognize a veteran who served in the defense of the Republic, and you have an opportunity to communicate with that veteran, we encourage you to show your appreciation for his or her service by thanking him or her for the defense of the Republic.


Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John.  All Rights Reserved.  The material can be posted on another website or distributed on the Internet only by giving full credit to the author.  It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author.  

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
Capt  USNR (Ret)/Former FBI
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184
San Diego, CA 92108



Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8

3 Responses to "On Veterans Day, November 11th, and Every Day, Americans Thank Veterans For Their Service in Defense of the Republic"

  1. James Carter   Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    What is truly shameful are the two previous comments.

    My father served 37 years for his/our country, and selflessly put his life on the line for his/our country in combat during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. That he advanced in knowledge and experience while doing so benefited his/our country and in turn every American, including the likes of “J.B.”, more than himself. I did likewise, but only for three years and only during the Vietnam War.

  2. SGT. Jeffrey Harrison USMC Retired   Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    J.B., Indeed, you have some important points. Further, should America go to conflicts or war,
    it should be for our national interest. It too shouldn’t just be the lads and ladies from the inner city or the farms that bare the price. Those in college should likewise be required to serve too in time of war/national need. No free pass here, “all aboard”.

    I served to advance myself, and I served to do my time. When called, I volunteered for combat knowing what it meant. Further, those that serve work long hours and are away from family and friends for long periods of time. This is some of the price paid. Freedom isn’t free.
    While one gets paid here, it could be better…

  3. J.B.   Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Have those who are serving or who have served in the military forces really acted in defense of the Republic? While I believe those who are serving and who have served intended to do that, that is not what has been done. All of the actions the United States is involved in are not defending this country, its Constitution or people. Instead, they are serving the agenda of those who control the government to do their bidding. Nations like Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan and the people of those nations do not represent a real threat to this country. Any reason they would have or believe they would have to do us harm is because of the meddling into their affairs by those who rule and control us.
    Only when people come to understand this will we cease to send good people off to be slaughtered or forever changed mentally and/or physically. By perpetuating this myth we continue to give approval to wars that destroy many of our young people. And by the way to see how the evil rulers really care about the troops just hear the many stories told by those who have served who cannot get the benefits they were promised. That is shameful.

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