I would first like to give a big thank you to The Lima News for the past many years of publishing this Salute to Veterans on Veterans Day (old Armistice Day). For the past 16 or so years I have sent in a letter, each year, to be published in this wonderful edition. I have written about the many veterans in my extended family military history that coves the past 92 years. That time period covers World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, Kosovo, the Gulf War and our Middle East involvements over the past 15 years. That includes family individuals serving in the Ohio National Guard, the Ohio Air National Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. I am so very proud of each of them for their service, in war and in peace, to this great nation of ours.
This year I would like to write about a family member who is a veteran herself and also a military wife and mom for the past 20 some years. She is indeed a special person. She is Susan, the wife of my youngest son, Lt. Col. Bryan Moore. Susan was schooled at Bowling Green State University where he met Bryan in the U.S. Air Force ROTC unit there (Detachment 620, AFROTC). Both graduated and were commissioned as 2nd Lts. Susan served as an Air Force Nurse Captain.
As a military wife she became, as many military wives do, a jack of all trades. When spouses are deployed, the wives have to step up and become fathers and well as moms. Ask any military wife and they will tell you that this is not an easy task to take on. That shoulder to lean on is often thousands of miles away. Our of necessity they become plumbers, policemen, real estate agents, experts in home repairs, financial gurus, counselors and so many other occupations that pop up on a daily basis. They have to be able to do it all and at all times. I have often thought that the military should have a medal for all the spouses who carry the family load during deployments. And did I mention that Susan has worked part or full time while raising four kids during these 20 some years.
She is my hero along with the thousands of military wives (spouses) who also step up and meet all challenges. As with all of our veterans, we owe a huge debt to all of these individuals. God bless all of you, and God bless America.