Monday, July 1, 2013

Wishing a Safe & Thoughtful Fourth

Dear Caregivers, Veterans, Service members and all your families,

We thank you, our service and veteran families this week for permitting this nation to openly celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July.  We truly are the Land of the Free because of the brave.  We are grateful for your service and the sacrifices your families make each day.

We are also conscious that any holiday with explosions may be more difficult for the Caregiver, Veteran, and family.  Former traditions may be out of the question for you.  If you can, forge a new tradition this year.  It’s okay to watch a movie instead of going to the local fireworks.  Perhaps the town parade, watched from the sidelines is a better choice than the crowded park, in the dark with explosions and possible perceived threats.  We are very aware that this week may be a challenging one for you, Caregivers.

And, if your family is just fine and can enjoy the day smoothly, we share your joy at that capability.  No matter which side of the Fourth of July observations you fall on, we again say THANK YOU for the service given, the caregiving provided now, and your combined continued efforts for the future.  We support and applaud YOU, the Caregivers, without whom countless service members and veterans would live lesser lives.

Wishing you a safe and thoughtful Fourth of July!

Linda Kreter & the VeteranCaregiver Team

PS: The Pride of Baltimore Tall Ship with flag unfurled shown above