A Heartfelt Thanks to All Veterans

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A Heartfelt Thanks to All Veterans

Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.”


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We have learned to say “thank you” to those we meet who are serving or have served in the military but do we truly understand the sacrifices that they have made. Do we understand exactly why we are thanking them?


Those who serve can carry a weapon or fly a drone. They may be out to sea or in the skies. Or they may be with a medical unit or making sure that our troops are well fed. 


There are 19 million US veterans as of 2021.


All are trained and prepared to defend themselves and their units if the need arises. All make sacrifices that we have not been asked to make. 

If you know someone who has served, ask them, if they are willing, to talk about their service. 


I’ve spoken about my friend, Vic, who served in Vietnam and was shot in the back and left for dead. He lay in the jungle until the next morning. I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to hear his stories of what he and the others went through.


In 2018, about 7% of U.S. adults were veterans, down from 18% in 1980, according to the Census Bureau



Larry served during that era as well but was not in Vietnam. And though I’ve known him for 44 years, I did not learn until a few years ago about his sitting nuclear alert. He said that he and his fellow pilots knew that if the day came when they actually had to fly carrying one of those bombs...they weren’t coming home. 


These are stories that need to be told and shared. 


I have shared this before but if you have a chance, it’s worth reading from Doc Bailey who was an Army medic and served for over 6 years. 


Thank you to those who make so many sacrifices for us.

Thank you to the men and women in the military

who because of what you do, allow the rest of us to continue with our lives. 


And to MY hero…



larry streib

He's the cutie at the top!

Comments (23)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - like so many parts of life, we often don't know the story behind a story.  So much can be gained by listening and learning.  

Nov 11, 2021 05:32 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Well done Kathy, WELL DONE.  Enjoy your Veterans Day, and make sure you thanks a VETERAN today.  thanks again for the post.  Bill US Army 1975 


Nov 11, 2021 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathy... once we became a voluntary military the percentage of our nation who are/were in the military is barely 1%. Too many Americans don't often meet or know a veteran. And their stories must be told. Our veterans are the best of our nation. My thanks to Larry for his service.

Nov 11, 2021 05:46 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It's important for us to be grateful for those who served so we may remain free.  I'm thinking of my son today, who served 20 years with the U.S. Navy.  

Nov 11, 2021 06:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I have many current and past military clients, and need to get emails out this morning to thank them!  

Nov 11, 2021 06:35 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Definitely a cutie.  As you know we contribute time to the Seals, and we were in Northern Cal yesterday homoring them.  You do have a cutie!  A

Nov 11, 2021 06:54 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I had three soldiers from our local Space Force Base in front of me at Starbucks today. I bought them coffee. The great news was that three other people fought over paying for their coffee...Americans are awesome. 

Nov 11, 2021 09:37 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
I always feel woefully inadequate when it comes to being able to express my gratitude to the military veterans who serve and have served to protect our freedoms. Your tribute is perfect. Thank you. And, thanks to Larry for his service! 

Nov 11, 2021 10:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday afternoon, Kathy.

We have ideal weather in Maryland for the Veterans Day activities.

Nov 11, 2021 11:13 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England I agree. It is unthinkable that some struggle just to have adequate housing and medical care. 

Kat Palmiotti I agree. My cousin who was in the Marines in Vietnam does not speak about it. Larry and our friend Vic talk about it but don't often because there are other things they're interested in talking about. 

Nov 11, 2021 11:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin I agree. We are the beneficiaries of their sacrifices and we need to appreciate them. 

Michael Jacobs My great nephew mentioned wanting to join the service (he's 14). I have no problem with that but I want him to understand what is involved. 

Nov 11, 2021 11:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog And I thank you for the service you gave for your country. 

Nina Hollander, Broker you and I are on the same page!!!  So many young people know of the military through what they see on tv or the movies. I hope that the stories are saved...soon!!!

Nov 11, 2021 11:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl Jeffcoat And please thank your son for me. That is a wonderful commitment. 

Joan Cox Hope you get them all out!!!

Nov 11, 2021 11:42 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I have such admiration for SEALS. I remember watching a documentary on the training they must go through. When we were in Delray, we had breakfast almost every morning with our friend Vic. It was so much fun hearing them tell stories!!! 

Nov 11, 2021 11:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I love it!!!!! And yes, Americans are a very giving group of people. Thank you for doing that. 

Carol Williams I feel like I'm gushing sometimes because I truly am thankful to them. And it doesn't matter what they did in the service...they still make a sacrifice. 

Nov 11, 2021 11:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Roy Kelley so happy that you are having ideal weather. Our day began with storms and now  we have a gorgeous Fall day. 

Nov 11, 2021 11:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy thank you to Larry and your friend Vic for their service.  Our Veterans deserve to be honored on this and everyday of the year.

Nov 11, 2021 01:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved your post and a salute goes out to Larry!! Thank you for your nice comment earlier today that is from the heart just another Airborne Ranger Infantry CPT who appreciates your thoughts, Endre

Nov 11, 2021 11:03 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - thanks for sharing the informtion about Larry.  We repect all of those who have served.

Nov 12, 2021 03:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I love the way you personalized this post and shared the stories of some of the veterans.  Your story about Larry and the nuclear watch was bone-chilling.  Too many do not realize what it takes to be a veteran.  As a mother of a marine, I did not fully understand until my son joined the Marines. Hopefully, your post gives others who are not as connected some perspective into the meaning of Veterans Day.  

Nov 13, 2021 08:54 AM