LEAD LETTER OF THE WEEK

Giving thanks to, for our veterans

November 10, 2013 

Gary Sinise, best known for his portrayal of Lt. Dan in the movie, “Forrest Gump,” played an officer who became a double amputee while serving in Vietnam.

In real life, for the past 20 years, he has been a supporter of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He established the Gary Sinise Foundation as part of his commitment to help veterans and their families.

His band, the Lieutenant Dan band, travels to war zones (two trips to Afghanistan and six to Iraq), and other military sites, bringing entertainment and attention to our troops.

He stands for a strong military: “We must ensure the nation’s defense capabilities are not cut…keep it strong.”

I recently saw a video of a group honoring our disabled veterans and watched in awe as they received their honors in wheelchairs and so many with artificial limbs. In addition, countless veterans suffer emotional scars for life. Yet, to a man and woman, they say “I would do it again.”

This attitude speaks to the courage of America. On this Veterans’ Day, we as a grateful nation, pay tribute to our national heroes.

The Bible says, “Give tribute to whom tribute is due.” Thank you and God bless you.

The writer is minister Myrtle Beach Church of Christ.

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