The Florida sun painted the cool morning sky bright pink. And I knew it was a day made for dreaming.
A day to see the good. To see that people really do care and we really do know how to take care of our own.
We were welcoming one wounded Warrior home. Home from two tours in Iraq, where he suffered combat related injuries. Today, this Warrior would receive a home for his children and that of his late-brother, who was killed in action a year before he himself was injured.
In August 2012, Bank of America made a commitment to make available to non-profit organizations and local government programs, up to 1,000 properties for military veterans and first responders. Bank Of America is well on it’s way to fulfilling this goal by donating over 900 homes to date.
And later the same day, I sit at my daughter’s school, tears staining my cheeks as the entire First Grade belts out with their whole hearts…. “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me, and I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today, cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.”**
And I think of Sergeant Miner and of his friends and military family, who have sacrificed more than these first graders can imagine. And I am thankful that there are still men and women today willing to “stand up, next to you and defend her still today…”
Because we have something worth fighting for.
And every day men and women come home from “Over There,” with less than what they left with. So today, I watch as we give back a piece of the American life that this Warrior fought so hard to keep.
Today I am reminded, even amongst the remnants of war…..there is still good in this world.
And today, the sun shines a bit brighter on the Miner family. The birds chirp a bit louder, flowers smell a bit sweeter, and renewed hope and joy fill this family’s home!
**(taken from Lee Greenwood’s song, “God Bless the USA”)