On Veterans Day, we always take time out to thank our servicemen and women but has anyone actually taken the time to know them as people?

As the years have gone by, I have found myself surrounded by more and more servicemen and women I never knew, because I had only known them as friends or family. So of these people are my closest confidants, my go-to people.

Crystal and Nick

She is such an old soul with an amazing young spirit. As a mom of two awesome kids, she already has her hands full. She is not only a Navy vet but also currently serving in the Air Force, alongside her husband Nick. Just in her early adulthood, the service has done her well. She is a servicewoman, an incredible mom, and if you ask Nick, I’m sure he would say an amazing wife, and one of the best friends someone could ever ask for. Crystal is someone that I will always be proud to call my friend, my sister, someone I can lean on. She has her sights set high and will not take anything less.


She is another woman I look up to and am very proud to call my friend. Being a single mother, an Army vet, and an entrepreneur, not many people can hold a candle to what she has done, what she has been through. Lindsey has a story like no other, and I have the utmost respect for her.

Brian and Annie

Another couple serving together. Although well into life, with plenty of experience, they are not only a force but also an amazing example of how a family should be. Brian and Annie show a strong partnership and a joint guiding light for not only their family but the community as well.


Lizzie is another wonderful soul who did all of us proud with her service. She is very humble not only about her time in the service but with life in general. Having challenges along her way is what shaped her to be the amazing wife, friend and fur mom she is today. I have been in awe of her selflessness and support the few years I have known her. I would not have Lizzie any other way!

Not Everyone Is Lucky

Although the service members and their families in this article exhibit strength, love, and support, not everyone is that lucky. There is so much that could go wrong, and I want to make sure Vets and their families have at least one resource in their arsenals. Please contact the Veterans Lifeline for help if you are suffering from PTSD, thoughts of hurting yourself or any other mental health issues you may be having. Happy Veterans Day and to all the men and women who have and continue to serve, thank you. Thank you for putting your lives on the line to keep us safe and our freedom free.

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