To the Editor,            

This Veterans Day, as Americans pause to honor our Veterans in countless ceremonies across the United States, we remember the sacrifices of Veterans who have gone before us, thank those Veterans still in our midst, and exhort each other and our young to live up to their example of selfless service for the common good.    

These Veterans served and then left the military: some served during wartime; some served until retirement; some have been home for decades; others are just coming home.  We lose more and more of the heroes from World War II and the Korean War every day. Our patriots from Iraq and Afghanistan will carry the burden of this conflict with them for years to come.

John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

In Texas, there are many ways Texans can live by the words, “thank you for your service.” Help Veterans find all the programs and services for which they might qualify at texas.gov/veterans. Pledge to hire Veterans at your business. Donate to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance when you renew your vehicle registration. You can express thanks and truly make a difference in the lives of those Veterans who are part of your everyday life: family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.

With your help and the help of our elected officials, we will appreciate and honor those who have served and continue to serve.

A Veteran is a fellow citizen, a man or woman who at one significant point in his or her life, made out a blank check payable to the United States of America for any amount up to and including life itself.

I want to personally thank all Veterans for their service to our country and remind Texans that our Veterans deserve nothing less than to be honored on this day and all year.

Eliseo ‘Al’ Cantu

Chairman, Texas Veterans Commission