Our responsibility: a voice for veterans

Posted by Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. on 11.11.11 in Community, Education, Social Responsibility

It takes a special person to put the needs of others before his or her own. Parents put children’s needs before their own, and make sacrifices for them. They do it without thinking; it is instinct.

Imagine having that instinct to sacrifice for the protection of not only your family, but for millions of families whom you do not know and will never meet.

For generations, people have served in the military and risked their lives so that future generations—so that we—can enjoy the safety and security that much of the world still struggles to achieve. They have underwritten our freedom with their duty, protected our democracy, and upheld the American way of life.

At Becker College, we believe that the responsibility of an educated person is not only to seek personal and professional success but also to contribute to a greater good. I want to thank the veterans among our students, faculty, and staff, their families, and the community that came out to our Veterans Day observance on campus. Thank you to our students who coordinated time and materials to send words of thanks and support to troops who are away from home.

Each veteran and member of the armed services embodies an unwavering sense of responsibility, and serves as a role model to others. Too often we lose sight of this example, and we fall short in treating them in kind.

On this Veterans Day, I challenge you to consider the magnitude of their sacrifice, and to voice your compassion and concerns.

Speak to a veteran with a word of thanks.

Speak by donating your time, talent, or treasure to support veterans.

Speak to your elected officials; add your voice to make louder the voice that calls to our government to support programs to help employ, feed, clothe, educate, and heal our veterans.

Let us spend the coming year giving voice to the gratitude we owe the service men and women we are fortunate enough to welcome back to us, giving honor to those who did make it back, and support and solace to military families who join with their soldiers in their commitment to our country.

About the Author: Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

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