Veteran’s Day, 11.11.2020
Veterans Day was originally created for the veterans of World War I and called Armistice Day. November 11th marketed the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918. In 1954 the holiday was changed to honor all veterans of all conflicts and wars.
Encouraged by his father to go and serve the country, my grandfather volunteered to serve as an ambulance driver with the American Field Service and then became a corporal in the Army’s 17th Field Artillery of the 2nd Division. A year after he died, his final book was published about his experiences in WWI. My grandfather’s brother also enlisted in World War I, and later served in Army Intelligence in World War II. Now my cousin, Army Colonel Thornton Mu, a doctor, serves. I am lucky enough to stand witness to the strength and power of he and his family, as they struggle through the intense emotions caused by multiple deployments. Likewise, I am reminded that these anxieties and transitions are real for all individuals and families who have served and are serving, and also know that the memories and experiences of war never leave the body and mind.
On this Veteran’s Day, All Kinds of Therapy pauses to acknowledge the sacrifice of all those who gave and give to keep the United States safe, and we want to remind everyone that there are resources available to help veterans who may be struggling with mental health challenges, be they related to their service or not.
Producer, All Kinds of Therapy