It's Veterans Day again.
On this day and Memorial Day in the past, I've posted about my vet friends and the sacrifices they've made through their service.
... And I've posted about the students of mine who died in combat.
It's a fact that most veterans never see combat.
That takes nothing away from their importance as part of the defense team. Each part of the team is vital.
It takes nothing away from the personal sacrifices of literally years away from home and family, that many vets endure while on active duty.
Still, I wonder, in this new age endless, boundaryless war, ... who is a veteran? I know veterans probably don't want that label diluted, and yet this attack, and future attacks in this new reality will be dealt with by civilian officers.
Yes, there is a day set aside for honoring law enforcement officers ... can you name the month it occurs in without googling?
I didn't think so.
At Fort Hood, the carnage wrought by an terrorist was stopped by a civilian cop who went to the fight and successfully engaged the shooter. The killing and wounding stopped at that moment.
A wife, a mother of a toddler, and one hell of a police officer.
This year, Kimberly Munley is my favorite veteran.