Sometimes I try very hard to forget one serious fact- I’m American. Even though my home base is in Toronto, smashing whiskey bottles over the head of the almost always haggard Alex, I was born in Philadelphia. I travel a lot, and usually tell foreigners that I’m Canadian. It saves a lot of hassle, and possible beheadings. Today though, is the one day where I can really say I’m proud to be American. Some of my buddies north of the border might want to puke at that fact I’m saying this, but you know what, FUCK YOU. USA-A-OK. Fuck yeah.
Unlike most Canadians I know, I’ve actually lost people because of war. It’s a hard and thankless job. Any time I meet a veteran, I try to be the first one to shake his hand. I thought that I’d seen some shit over the years, but those people have seriously seen some shit. A couple of nights ago, I met a guy who has already served 2 tours in Afghanistan, and is going back in May. That is some serious courage.
So today marks the first annual Digital Veteran’s Day. It’s a way for veteran’s to share their stories, and build a community around mutual experiences and respect.
I’ve put together a couple of videos from DVD supporters and I thought I’d share their stories with you.
Remember, don’t just support the troops with a bumper sticker. Do something productive. Volunteer at a military hospital or in a soup kitchen. Walk the fucking walk.