As families gather together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, it is common to take for granted our nation’s security and liberties.
Yet, it’s a great privilege to live in a country that protects our rights to speak freely, to worship, to protest, to chase our dreams and to pursue our own happiness.
Let’s be thankful this Thanksgiving, not only for the men and women who have sacrificed for our country’s freedoms, but also for the families who support them.
Parents, spouses, children, siblings and friends sacrifice a lot for their military service members.
Families pack up everything to move, sometimes across the world.
Others sacrifice at home—taking care of the rest of the family and running the house by themselves, while their loved one is deployed.
Sometimes a service member will return with an injury, unable to take care of themselves, and the family takes on the role of caregiver.
If fact, there are more than 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States.
These sacrifices shouldn’t be taken for granted either.
So, take a moment this Thanksgiving to give thanks not only to our troops and veterans, but also the families and friends who support them every other day of the year.