Why Honoring Our Veterans is so important
23,816,018: Total number of veterans in the U.S.
More than 400: Number of WWII veterans on Honor Flight DFW's waiting list to go on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built in their honor.
Every day, we lose approximately 1,000 veterans of WWII.
Already, we are losing more than 300 veterans of Vietnam per day.
Every night, approximately 107,000 veterans across the country are homeless.
20-30% of the nation's homeless are veterans.
Funding for veterans' benefits, including retirement and medical coverage, continues to be in jeopardy.
16,112,566 million served in WWII. 78,750 are still considered "missing and unaccounted for."
5,720,000 served in the Korean War. 8,215 are still considered "missing and unaccounted for."
9,200,000 served in the Vietnam War. 1,905 are still "missing and unaccounted for."
More than 35,000 men and women sustained physical injuries due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
5.5 million veterans have a disability.
20% of the U.S. population is a dependent child or spouse of a veteran.
Why I Fight
“I’m not trying to save the world. I’m trying to honor those who did.”
Just like you, I’m a grateful American, one who holds her freedom close to her heart. I’m also a proud Texan and a military “BRAT.” My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents – many generations of my family – have fought in or served the military. My grandfather received a Purple Heart for his service in World War II, where he spent months as a prisoner of war. My father fought in Vietnam. I guess you could say service to our country runs in our family.
My service is to use my voice to highlight and serve those who protect our freedom. Veterans deserve our thanks, our acknowledgement, and any help we can give them. Capturing the stories of the service they have given is also extremely important: only when we understand the sacrifice can we truly value our freedom.