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The Collegian

The Student News Site of Tarrant County College

The Collegian

Honor veterans year round

By Steve Knight/editor-in-chief

Thousands of American men and women in Afghanistan, Iraq and all over the world serve our country with pride and dedication. They deserve our respect and support as much now as ever before.

Most veterans, like NE Campus student Matthew Tillery, would say they joined the armed forces because they wanted to serve our country.

“I had 25 years of freedom, and I figured I could give six years back,” he said.

After speaking with many veterans, I know that service means much more to them than just that. It is an inexplicable personal calling and pride drawing them to serve.

Many TCC students have served bravely. Many more TCC students will embark soon, placing future plans on hold while they serve.

Don’t these fellow students deserve our support on more than just Veterans Day?

The United Service Organizations, serving armed forces members and families since 1941, recently created Operation Outreach, allowing people to help troops and their families by doing some of the following anytime during the year.

Help spread the word. Many servicepersons may not be aware of all services the organization provides, especially those benefiting families.

Help the USO identify those in need. Any friends or relatives starting active duty overseas should be encouraged to visit www.uso.org, where information about the organization’s services or the nearest USO center is located. Families of reservists or National Guard members who live far from military bases could especially need services.

Reach out to a lonely soldier by e-mail or send a note of holiday greeting.

Get friends to help. The organization sends out millions of personalized notepads and address labels hoping that Americans using the materials will send supportive messages to troops and their families.

Donate blood. The Armed Services Blood Program maintains blood donation centers in the U.S. and overseas.

Thank a veteran in person. Nothing would brighten their day more than knowing that Americans support their efforts.

Regardless of what individuals feel about the war, these men and women deserve our support and prayers for a safe return home.

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