(John Sanabia is a retired SEAL Chief Warrant Officer Five with 30 years of Special Operations experience across all geographic regions, from the tactical to strategic level theatre operational tours in Iraq, Bahrain, and eight other worldwide deployments.)

Retired SEAL John Sanabia with Warrant and Spike

Retired SEAL John Sanabia with Warrant and Spike

Hi Veterans. I’d like to share with you “What Veterans Day Means to Me.”

First of all, I’d like to thank each Veteran for having served in some capacity in the military for the Greatest Nation in the history of the World.

From the heart, when I see a Veteran, I see a person who has patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Meaning simply, someone who, at some point in life, wrote a check to the United States of America for an amount up to and including his or her life. No other commitment matches this great value made to our country.

I am proud of my military service I gave and I would do it without hesitation all over again. RIP for all Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice and I am wishing all Veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day and may it hold solace to you in your own way…because you deserve it, Veteran.

(John now lives in Millington, Tennessee, with his wife, Michelle, an active duty Navy nurse, and their two German Shepherd dogs, Warrant (his service dog) and Spike. John is an avid golfer and enjoys playing the game as it “keeps him humble” and helps him cope with his service-connected disabilities.)

About the author: John Sanabia is a retired SEAL Chief Warrant Officer Five with 30 years of Special Operations experience across all geographic regions.

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Published on Nov. 8, 2016

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  1. cheryl Bogue November 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I am a widow of a Vietnam Agent Orange. I tell anyone who will listen this is the children, Vets, and militarys country. You fight die and come home and I find out there are 3 hundred thousand Vets homeless. And the vets and children are not getting the help they need. You serve and big companies are the reason they can make money. It’s yalls country. It’s time for America to pay for their protection. Come meet the real Americans. The ones who serve and never complaint. I wish people realizes without y’all they would not have their lives.
    Just can’t make y’all mad.. it’s your country. God Bless

  2. Fred Ricco Young Jr November 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    First of all I would like to thank the men and women who served with a love for this Country, we call” America”. Many men and women have lost every thing as a result of their service to this country.I am sadden by the care that America has given to it’s brave men and women of War.I am a Vietnam Veteran and to this day America has yet to provide for most of us who are in dire need of services and compensation.All the money that was wasted on the Election should have bought every soldier a home for them and their families. However as always the money end up in some Politician pocket.

  3. Herman L. Tucker November 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Veterans Day is not just a day of remembrance,,,,it is also a day to honor all our Veterans who so proudly served in all branches of Service in defense of the greatest Nation in the World,,,,,Vietnam veterans were never honored for their service and sacrifices they made ,,,,it is a shame on our Government and the Media who constantly degraded and downplayed our service and our commitment to provide security and safety for this nation,,,,,,we,,as servicemen and women didn’t start the conflict in Vietnam,,,,,but according to the Media we did,,,,and the Government tied our hands at every turn,,,,,as soon as the conflict in Vietnam turned our way,,,the Government sent cease and desist orders and forced us to withdraw and not proceed northward,,,,this was a daily thing with our Government,,,,,and it happened again in the Middle East,,,,,,so let’s honor one and all and if we must fight a war,,,, don’t just send us to fight,,,,SEND US TO WIN!!!!!!!! 1STSGT Herman Tucker,,,, Retired and still serving

  4. Constance Emerson November 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    As a woman Veteran , I want to say we need to welcome and Thank All Veterans for their part in keeping this Country FREE and SAFE.

  5. Jack Eldredge November 11, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Vietnam veterans who were treated the worst than any other veterans returning from any war in history . I wish you
    a very deserved welcome home ! and may god bless you !

    Jack Eldredge
    USN Vietnam vet

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