Doing us proud

Published 8:18 pm Monday, July 23, 2012

Washingtonians have long supported American military personnel, whether they are on active duty, in the reserve forces or veterans.
So, it’s not surprising that two Washington natives are involved this summer in an effort to raise awareness about disabled veterans. Jeanna Buck is participating in the Sea to Shining Sea bike ride from the West Coast to the East Coast of the USA.
The bike ride is organized by World T.E.A.M. Sports, of which Van Brinson is chief operating officer. Sixteen disabled veterans of wars in Vietnam, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq are making the journey, too. Their disabilities range from loss of limbs to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Their excursion is to prove disabled veterans can and do live productive lives.
Ah, yes, the journey will serve as an inspiration to other disabled veterans.
It’s easy to support our military personnel when they are serving in harm’s way. Let’s not forget them when they return home from the battlefields, deployments at sea or dogfights in the air. And when a veteran returns home disabled, that’s when that soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman or Marine needs our support most.
Thanks, Jeanna Buck and Van Brinson, for showing such support. You’ve done Washington and disabled veterans proud.