A day of reflection…
First I would like to thank everyone for their support and interest in our products being available online, I assure everyone that we are working on making everything available, please remain patient & thank you. I’m up and can’t sleep as I realize, for the first time in a very long time, Veterans Day has meant more to me than ever. I spent the day reflecting on all the amazing relationships I was able to build over my 10-year career in the US Navy. I realized that although I’m very appreciative of all the love I received via social media, friends, and family that I really didn’t see anyone addressing the amazing families of all those that have Served Foreign or Domestic.
I’m realizing more now than ever that Military families are much like families affected by Autism, please don’t misread into this as I understand that they are two different battles, however I see the similarities in their resiliency. Military families will do anything and everything to support their service member and for the most part it goes unnoticed. My brother often tells me that the one thing that truly bothers him is when adults stare at him as if he’s a BAD parent due to his son having a melt down, when that is truly not the case. He pores his heart into everything that he does with Ka’eo Jr., including therapy, and as most families affected by Autism know (only other families that can relate understand) it’s a thankless mission. Much like that, the work of our families with servicemen and servicewomen go unnoticed, as they are often under appreciated. For that I say thank you.
Thank you to my Mother who worried about me throughout my career and especially when I was in boot camp during the Gulf War at age 17, thank you to my Father (who served in the Navy for 26 years himself) and did not push me to join the Military, instead served as a constant inspiration to do something better with my life and become the man that I am today. Thank you to my Sister who would send me care packages of just “useless nothings” I use to call them, how insensitive was I? Reflection is not always a wonderful thing, for Veterans Day it was nothing short of wonderful as I realized that I must thank all the Families that support their Service member.
I’m not a professional writer and do apologize for the grammatical errors but hope that you may see the passion behind this post and understand that, on behalf of Autistic Love Society, I simply want to thank all the Veterans and their beautiful Families for all that they do. Veterans Day is just as much their day as it is the Veteran that has either served or is actively serving. With that I say THANK YOU!