OPINION: STORM: Honoring our Nation's Heroes

Nov. 8—As Veterans Day approaches, I reflect on our military members' immeasurable courage and sacrifice. The wise G.K. Chesterton once said, "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." It takes an exceptional individual to leave the comforts of home, family, and the peaceful corners of Kentucky to serve in the military, embodying unbridled bravery and selflessness. Veterans are heroes deserving of our deepest gratitude.

Veterans understand the unique bond and 'esprit de corps' that military service instills. Transitioning from highly intense, often stressful roles, to civilian life back in Kentucky can be daunting. Many veterans grapple with the scars of war, both visible and invisible. As a community, we must ensure they receive the support and care they deserve.

Veterans Day holds a sacred place in our history. It's a day when hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, marking the end of World War I. As your state senator, I am proud to support policies that make Kentucky a better place for veterans and their families. Let's stand together, not just on Veterans Day but every day, honoring their sacrifices and creating a nation where our heroes are cherished, respected, and provided for.

I encourage you to participate in local Veteran's Day events, such as the annual London-Laurel County Veterans Celebration this past Saturday.

Join me in honoring the 16.5 million U.S. veterans among us by actively participating in local parades and ceremonies this weekend. In closing, I extend my heartfelt thanks to all veterans, past and present. Your bravery serves as a beacon of hope. May God Bless our veterans, our Commonwealth, and the United States of America.