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November 6, 2012

Exercise your right to vote as a way to honor sacrifices of veterans and military families

Exercise your right to vote as a way to honor sacrifices of veterans and military families

Written by Shannon P. Meehan, IVMF Communications Specialist

Today on this Election Day in the U.S., with our nation’s service men and women continuing to serve in harm’s way to defend and protect our rights, it is our responsibility as citizens to make our voices heard.

With the war in Afghanistan continuing, potential Defense budgets and veteran Quality-of-Life cuts on the horizon, this election, as with all presidential elections, will shape the future of military and veterans issues in this country.

As you journey out to cast your vote today, keep in mind all of the brave men and women stationed around the world serving to provide you such an opportunity.  A nation founded on such a freedom as the right to vote, it is our country’s military that has served to protect this right for us.  So today, don’t just simply vote and forget, but rather vote and give thanks to your country’s service members and veterans.  We owe them a debt of gratitude.

As a veteran myself, as well as a member of an institute with a mission in direct service to veterans and military families, I take voting as an opportunity to recognize the sacrifice of our veterans and the families that support them.  So thank you to all of those out there who have served, or are currently serving, along with the families that also make sacrifices while their loved ones are defending our nation.  You are the true leaders of the free world.

If you would like to help a veteran to his or her polling station, contact your local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.  For years now, both the VFW and the Legion have worked to help those in their respective communities get out and vote.  Such assistance is provided not only for veterans, but for civilians alike.

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