Tomorrow is Veterans Day. No, it’s not a day for deals on new mattresses or new cars, it is a day to honor the heroism of those who died serving their country.
As a veteran, this day holds special meaning for me; I know it is equally special to the other veterans that I know who have served their country and have been blessed to come home with their lives – many others have not been as fortunate.
Veterans Day has officially been named: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
I joined the Army while I was still in high school. I knew the implications of enlisting but never thought I would see a war in my lifetime, let alone be in one. When I was 19, just two short months after completing basic training, my reserve unit was called to duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. You can imagine how terrified I was at the prospect of leaving home for an undisclosed location and for an undefined length of time.
As terrified as I was to go off to war, I was also proud and honored to have the opportunity to serve my country. Each year, on Veterans Day, I am reminded of my service and the service of others. My fellow veterans and I swap stories about our experiences, and we mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters in arms who never returned home.
This year on Veterans Day, while you go about your day, please take a moment to stop and think of those that have fought to protect us. Do something to take part of the observation of the day; go to a parade, give a donation to a veterans’ group, or stop by a local VA hospital and drop off something for the patients and/or staff.
Don’t let the day go by as just another day. It’s an important day to all who served but should also be an important day for anyone and everyone who enjoys the freedoms of living here in the good old U.S. of A.
Remember, freedom isn’t free. Many people fought, and many people died, to ensure that we can enjoy the freedoms we so easily take for granted.
To all my fellow veterans, I tip my hat to you. Thank you for serving. God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.
Interested in health coaching services? Ask about my veterans’ discounts. It is my pleasure to serve all who have served.
Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”
Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.
Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.
Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.
Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.