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John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

These words spoken by one of our greatest American Presidents is something that Stand For Vets tries to embody on a day in and day out basis. Currently, we have thousands of men and women, sailors, soldiers and Marines, in all corners of the globe operating and training to defend our great nation.  However, this holiday is spent in gratitude for the individuals who have already sacrificed so much and many of whom, are sadly forgotten.

2nd Battalion 1st Marines (Jon Munday’s unit). This was when he was a team leader with Second squad. They were doing a shoot off the deck of an LHD before heading over to Africa near the coast of Somolia.

As not only a founding Board Member of SFV, but as a Marine whose boots have touched over a dozen nations and multiple continents, the thing I cherish most in those memories is the brotherhood and unity of purpose.  During this Veterans day, my wish is for all prior service, military family members, and civilians to come together and give more than a “Thank you”, to these heroes.  Sit down with a Veteran over a cup of coffee, or volunteer at a local Veteran community event, and allow them to share with you a unique perspective and story that so few will ever get the chance to hear.  To say it simply, “I am not a hero, but I have walked beside a few” – Major Dick Winters, 101st Airborne WWII.

Happy Veterans Day to all, and God Bless America.

Jon Munday, Marine Veteran, Board Member of Stand For Vets