Tomorrow is a day that I’ll forget how challenging our military lifestyle has really been. Tomorrow is a day that’s filled my little soul to the brim with pride every year since 2011 (the year I truly learned the significance), but when it comes to explaining why I love Veterans Day, I find that I’m somewhat at a loss for words (and Erica DeSpain isn’t lost for words too often – duh, you know.)
I don’t know why a day on the calendar makes me focus more closely on what Jamie’s job has really entailed the last few years, but I’m glad it does. It makes me want to ask questions. It makes me look at him with this weird kind of awe. It makes me look at all of our laid-back, humble veteran friends that way.
Day in, day out – they act like their job is no big deal. I know better though – they’ve likely seen and done a lot of things, both overseas and stateside, that I can’t imagine doing or would ever dream of doing. From working seven days a week for months on end, to saying goodbye to their babies, to sleeping in fields, to actually physically running into battle… I just can’t. There’s no bone in my body that could do it.
I love that there are businesses that extend gratitude via complimentary food and drinks. I love seeing my social media feeds covered with faces of so many of my tip-top favorite people in recognition of their time spent serving.
To my husband, to my brother-in-law, to my father-in-law, and to dozens and dozens of close friends – your job is so honorable and I’m glad there’s a whole day set aside to celebrate you. Thank you for doing what you do/did to protect our sweet, sweet US of A.
To my hunky husband, here’s a quick video just for you.
Click here to make your own Thank a Vet video that’s sharable via email and all over social media. The DAV website makes it easy. Simply upload a few pictures, complete a few sentence prompts, choose your desired music, and badda bing badda boom. You’ll have your video.
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is a nonprofit organization that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations whenever they need it, transforming lives in positive ways. Visit dav.org to learn more.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DAV (Disabled American Veterans). The opinions and text are all mine.
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to three little girls (ages 7, 4, and 1) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo