Crows Nest is calling for a Patriot Action Alert; check on our Veterans. 

What does this mean? As we all know, the Christmas season can be a mixture of feelings. For most of us, it is a joyous time of the year, while for others, it can be a very depressing time of the year. 

Older Veterans residing in veterans retirement homes are often alone. Korean War Veterans, for instance, are for the most part in their 80’s now, and many living in these homes have no family left. Vietnam Veterans are now in their 60’s and 70’s, and the kids are gone, the spouse may have passed, and they too are facing long and lonely days and evenings. The Vietnam Vet like the Afghan and Iraqi Vet still faces issues with PTSD and an emotional time such as Christmas can be devastating to them on an emotional level.

Even our fallen Veterans are so loved that over 400,000 wreaths are put out each year at Arlington National.

Crows Nest would like our patriot brothers and sisters to check on that neighbor next door. Let that Vet know you care. Let the Vet know you’re there for them if they only just want to talk. Take them a pan of brownies or Christmas cookies and let them know you are respectful of their service to our nation. If you see one at Denny’s, buy their breakfast for them if you can afford it. If you know of an Iraqi Vet with small children, very delicately inquire if they have enough presents for their children. If not, jump in and help out if you’re able to do so.  

These service men and women struggle. While active duty, they are not paid that much in comparison to civilian wages. Particularly the young enlisted ones. When they get out if they are just separating, they are struggling to find jobs and this time of the year can turn them into an emotional wreck.   

If you’re a Veteran and you’re feeling the pain, don’t hold it inside. Reach out to a friend, reach out to a relative, reach out to a professional at the Veterans Administration. If you get no response there, reach out to a clergyman, Priest or Pastor. DO NOT LET YOURSELF GET SO DOWN that you begin thinking the horrific! Christmas will pass and tomorrow will be a new day.    

If you need help, ask for it! Do not, do not, do not be shy or too humble to ask for help. Everyone at one time or another in their lives goes through a rough time and needs help. You my Veteran brother are no different than the rest of us. We all at some point or another have had to call a friend, a brother or sister or someone. If need be, the national suicide prevention hotline is; 1-800-273-8255   

Veteran; You are loved and appreciated beyond belief. If you need a friend, we are here. If you need someone to visit with, we are here. Do not go to sleep tonight with a sense of hopelessness; it is never hopeless. Tomorrow will bring a change. This is the Christmas miracle, and you too will enjoy the reason for this season. Merry Christmas my Veteran brothers and sisters.