Veterans Day holds a special place in my heart. Both of my parents served in the United States Armed Forces—my mom in the Air Force and my dad in the Army. I love listening to their stories of comradery and how enlisting changed their lives for the better.
With this background, I can’t help but bleed red, white, and blue. The patriotism in my home has always run deep. And it’s something I hope my children cherish.
I know serving doesn’t come without sacrifice—from the mental battle that looms long after wartime to the physical scars our veterans gather to keep us safe. Being in the armed forces is one of the most selfless decisions a person can make. And I hope every single veteran feels loved and valued, honored and respected on this day.
To every veteran, thank you for the incredible heroic bravery you display every day. Whether you’re in uniform or civilian clothes, on American soil or serving overseas, your ability to put your own life on the line to save others does not go unnoticed.
We, as a nation, would not be where we are today, with the liberties we have, if not for your heroism. In wartime and in peace, you have left your loved ones so I don’t have to leave mine. To be so bold for people you don’t know is an act that I’ll never take for granted.
To my fellow Sports Moms, we are raising a generation that will all too soon have to make the decision on what to do with their adult life. Some of our sons and daughters will choose to serve our nation. It’s a scary decision for us as we release our babies into a life all of their own. But, I encourage us all to support our kids in their passions and endeavors. It’s our encouragement that will give them confidence to persevere.