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Important Quotes About Veterans and Veterans Day

May we remember and honor those who served so ably and honorably, not just on Veteran's and Memorial Day, but every day. Amen.

We hope you will find this curated selection of quotes about veterans useful. If you do, please share widely, and please link back to us if you can.

Quote: In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. by author Jose Narosky overlaid on photo of photo of author Jose Narosky with quote

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.


Quote: The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought. by author Henry Waxman overlaid on photo of white brick wall planning
Photo Credit: Kupono Kuwamura

The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought.


Quote: A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of person holding lighted oil lamp
Photo Credit: Prateek Gautam

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.


Quote: Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. by author Billy Graham overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
Photo Credit: Krys Amon

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.


Quote: We make war that we may live in peace. by author Aristotle overlaid on photo of man holding stick statue during daytime
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We make war that we may live in peace.


Quote: Courage in danger is half the battle. by author Plautus overlaid on photo of soldiers on top of battle tanks
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Courage in danger is half the battle.


Quote: Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. by author Michel de Montaigne overlaid on photo of multicolored abstract painting
Photo Credit: Geordanna Cordero

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.


Quote: Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of black fishes
Photo Credit: Liset Verhaar

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.


Quote: Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. by author George S. Patton overlaid on photo of black and white abstract illustration
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Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.


Quote: It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. by author Dick Cheney overlaid on photo of black and tan german shepherd running on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Reba Spike

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.


Quote: True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. by author Arthur Ashe overlaid on photo of white textile in close up photography
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True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.


Quote: In the aftermath, we are because they were. by author RJ Heller overlaid on photo of black and brown metal machine
Photo Credit: Stewart Munro

In the aftermath, we are because they were.


Damn the wars but bless the soldier.


Quote: To honor our national promise to our veterans, we must continue to improve services for our men and women in uniform today and provide long overdue benefits for the veterans and military retirees who have already served. by author Vergil Ortiz Jr.  overlaid on photo of Vergil Ortiz Jr.  quote; white text on black background

To honor our national promise to our veterans, we must continue to improve services for our men and women in uniform today and provide long overdue benefits for the veterans and military retirees who have already served.


Quote: The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn't who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies. by author Robert Koger overlaid on photo of Robert Koger quote: The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn't who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.- white text on starry pic background

The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn't who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.


Quote: You don't get a purple heart for being mentally shot. by author J. M. Gillespie overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

You don't get a purple heart for being mentally shot.




Quote: We've found when soldiers help other soldiers, or military members of any service, it helps them, too. by author Valerie Ormond overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

We've found when soldiers help other soldiers, or military members of any service, it helps them, too.


Quote: I am not a hero but the brave men who died deserved this honor. by author Ira Hayes overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

I am not a hero but the brave men who died deserved this honor.


Quote: We who have seen war will never stop seeing it. by author Joseph L. Galloway overlaid on photo of black and brown metal machine
Photo Credit: Stewart Munro

We who have seen war will never stop seeing it.

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We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams. So this is our story, for we were soldiers once, and young.


Quote: Those who do not appreciate the soldiers and instead pompously talk about peace, should try to live a single day without the soldiers. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of Abhijit Naskar quote; white text on black background

Those who do not appreciate the soldiers and instead pompously talk about peace, should try to live a single day without the soldiers.




Quote: Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They're working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler. by author Barbara Bush overlaid on photo of Barbara Bush quote: Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They're working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler.- white text on starry pic background

Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They're working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler.


Quote: Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called. by author Bill Shuster overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.


Quote: Respecting our veterans includes providing them the ways and means they so desperately need to reintegrate into our lives and serve us again as productive members of our civilian community. by author Charles B. Rangel overlaid on photo of black textile in close up photography
Photo Credit: Mathias P.R. Reding

Respecting our veterans includes providing them the ways and means they so desperately need to reintegrate into our lives and serve us again as productive members of our civilian community.


Quote: Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day. by author Charles B. Rangel overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
Photo Credit: Zhanjiang Chen

Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.


Quote: We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. by author Cynthia Ozick overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.


Quote: On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind. by author Dan Lipinski overlaid on photo of backdrop solid
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.


Quote: God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. by author Daniel Webster overlaid on photo of red rose in close up photography
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God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.


Quote: This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. by author Elmer Davis overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
Photo Credit: Krys Amon

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.


Quote: Those of us who have never been in the military don't understand what it is like to serve in the military. by author Gina Barreca overlaid on photo of black and white abstract illustration
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Those of us who have never been in the military don't understand what it is like to serve in the military.




Quote: I think how veterans are treated in our country is an abomination. We don't have the draft any more, which is why so many soldiers come from working-class -- rather than middle- or high-income families. Those wealthier families aren't affected, so they're not agitating for change. by author Laurie Halse Anderson overlaid on photo of Laurie Halse Anderson quote: I think how veterans are treated in our country is an abomination. We don't have the draft any more, which is why so many soldiers come from working-class -- rather than middle- or high-income families. Those wealthier families aren't affected, so they're not agitating for change.printed in white text on seashore background

I think how veterans are treated in our country is an abomination. We don't have the draft any more, which is why so many soldiers come from working-class -- rather than middle- or high-income families. Those wealthier families aren't affected, so they're not agitating for change.


Quote: We have to make sure the Hell the veterans come home from is not the Hell they come back to. by author Marcus Luttrell overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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We have to make sure the Hell the veterans come home from is not the Hell they come back to.


Quote: Congress should stop treating veterans like they're asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out. by author Nick Lampson overlaid on photo of two boy's walking on green grass field
Photo Credit: Kevin Gent

Congress should stop treating veterans like they're asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out.


Quote: It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. by author Norman Schwarzkopf overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
Photo Credit: Bao Menglong

It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.


Quote: It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. by author Norman Schwarzkopf overlaid on photo of cluster of stars in the sky
Photo Credit: Paul Volkmer

It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.


Quote: Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for. by author Norman Schwarzkopf overlaid on photo of sunset
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Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.


Quote: I'm pretty upfront about my love and admiration for the military. One of the perks of making movies is that you get to sort of follow your own passions, and I believe quite passionately that we don't pay enough attention and respect to our veterans. Not just our wounded veterans, but all veterans. by author Peter Berg overlaid on photo of Peter Berg quote: I'm pretty upfront about my love and admiration for the military. One of the perks of making movies is that you get to sort of follow your own passions, and I believe quite passionately that we don't pay enough attention and respect to our veterans. Not just our wounded veterans, but all veterans.- white text on starry pic background

I'm pretty upfront about my love and admiration for the military. One of the perks of making movies is that you get to sort of follow your own passions, and I believe quite passionately that we don't pay enough attention and respect to our veterans. Not just our wounded veterans, but all veterans.


Quote: While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms. by author Randy Neugebauer overlaid on photo of white and blue building under clear sky
Photo Credit: Federico De Iorio

While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.


Quote: Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country?  Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote. by author Richelle E. Goodrich overlaid on photo of Richelle E. Goodrich quote: Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country?  Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.- black text on quotes background

Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country?  Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.


Quote: America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago. by author Steve Buyer overlaid on photo of adult short-coated brown dog near green leaf plant
Photo Credit: Matthew Daniels

America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.


Quote: Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us. by author Steve Buyer overlaid on photo of brown wooden heart shaped wall decor
Photo Credit: Taylor Heery

Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us.




Quote: The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. by author Thucydides overlaid on photo of red and gold shotgun shells
Photo Credit: David Levêque

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.




Quote: Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes when they see a wounded veteran. But when the veteran has a dog, the same people will come up and say, 'Hi' to pet the dog and then strike up a conversation. by author Al Franken overlaid on photo of photo of author Al Franken with quote

Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes when they see a wounded veteran. But when the veteran has a dog, the same people will come up and say, 'Hi' to pet the dog and then strike up a conversation.


Quote: The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect. by author Bill Frist overlaid on photo of seashore during golden hour
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The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect.


Quote: If our goal is to provide health care to our veterans, why does it need to be in the bricks and mortar of bureaucracy of the VA? Why can't you give them an insurance card and let them go to a health care provider of their choice? by author Bill Flores overlaid on photo of brown leaf on brown stem
Photo Credit: Åukasz Rawa

If our goal is to provide health care to our veterans, why does it need to be in the bricks and mortar of bureaucracy of the VA? Why can't you give them an insurance card and let them go to a health care provider of their choice?


What wounded veteran's don't need is sympathy. They need to be treated like the men they are: equals, heroes, and people who still have tremendous value for society.


Quote: We owe our World War II veterans -- and all our veterans -- a debt we can never fully repay. by author Doc Hastings overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

We owe our World War II veterans -- and all our veterans -- a debt we can never fully repay.


Quote: When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? by author George Canning overlaid on photo of black assault rifle on snow covered ground
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When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?


Quote: What do we have for veterans? Government-run health care. I understand that. Congressmen and senators... they get five choices of government-run health care. Why should a congressman and senator get anything more than a regular citizen does? Why are they privileged and the rest of us aren't? by author Jesse Ventura overlaid on photo of Jesse Ventura quote: What do we have for veterans? Government-run health care. I understand that. Congressmen and senators... they get five choices of government-run health care. Why should a congressman and senator get anything more than a regular citizen does? Why are they privileged and the rest of us aren't?printed in white text on seashore background

What do we have for veterans? Government-run health care. I understand that. Congressmen and senators... they get five choices of government-run health care. Why should a congressman and senator get anything more than a regular citizen does? Why are they privileged and the rest of us aren't?


Quote: Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should an American one. by author Jennifer Granholm overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
Photo Credit: Krys Amon

Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should an American one.


Quote: From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today. by author John Hoeven overlaid on photo of photo of author John Hoeven with quote

From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today.


Quote: You've been told that you're broken, that you're damaged goods and should be labeled victims. I don't buy it. The truth, instead, is that you are the only folks with the skills, determination, and values to ensure American dominance in this chaotic world. by author James Mattis overlaid on photo of photo of author James Mattis with quote

You've been told that you're broken, that you're damaged goods and should be labeled victims. I don't buy it. The truth, instead, is that you are the only folks with the skills, determination, and values to ensure American dominance in this chaotic world.


Quote: The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. by author Jeff Miller overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.


Quote: Despite all the dysfunction in Washington, I believe that when it comes to helping veterans and keeping our fundamental promises as a country, we can come together and do the right thing. by author John Delaney overlaid on photo of white wall paint with white paint
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Despite all the dysfunction in Washington, I believe that when it comes to helping veterans and keeping our fundamental promises as a country, we can come together and do the right thing.


Quote: One of the key issues all veterans face is making the transition to a civilian career, and for veterans who need extra medical attention, this can be even more difficult. by author John Delaney overlaid on photo of closeup photography of wall
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One of the key issues all veterans face is making the transition to a civilian career, and for veterans who need extra medical attention, this can be even more difficult.




Quote: America's Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world. by author John Doolittle overlaid on photo of white stone woman sculpture
Photo Credit: Daria Sheveleva

America's Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.


Quote: America's veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it. by author Jim Ramstad overlaid on photo of woman in striped shirt sitting on bed while writing
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America's veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it.


Quote: In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After 'Nam, it was post-traumatic stress disorder. by author Jan Karon overlaid on photo of white and gray floral bed sheet
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In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After 'Nam, it was post-traumatic stress disorder.


Quote: Tragically, the effort to make America and the world safer and to defend freedom around the world is not without an enormous cost to this Nation in terms primarily of lost lives and those who bear the scars and the wounds of war, and their families who must bear these losses. by author John Warner overlaid on photo of John Warner quote; white text on black background

Tragically, the effort to make America and the world safer and to defend freedom around the world is not without an enormous cost to this Nation in terms primarily of lost lives and those who bear the scars and the wounds of war, and their families who must bear these losses.


Quote: For many of the brave men and women who have fought on the front lines, returning home means trying to navigate a complicated and bureaucratic Veterans Administration benefits system. by author Kirsten Gillibrand overlaid on photo of white petaled flowers beside gray wall
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

For many of the brave men and women who have fought on the front lines, returning home means trying to navigate a complicated and bureaucratic Veterans Administration benefits system.


Quote: While we can't begin to repay the debt we owe our veterans for their brave service, we can certainly take steps to ease the physical, psychological and financial hardships they may be experiencing. by author Kirsten Gillibrand overlaid on photo of red and white petaled flower close-up photography
Photo Credit: Evie S.

While we can't begin to repay the debt we owe our veterans for their brave service, we can certainly take steps to ease the physical, psychological and financial hardships they may be experiencing.


Quote: While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve. by author Kirsten Gillibrand overlaid on photo of Kirsten Gillibrand quote: While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve.- black text on quotes background

While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve.


Quote: When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting. by author Karl Marlantes overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting.


Quote: They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom! by author Mel Gibson overlaid on photo of black and gold metal coin operated telescope
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They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!


Quote: I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted. But these freedoms have come with a price so many times. The sacrifices made by our veterans are reminders to us of this. by author Melania Trump overlaid on photo of star sequins on white platform
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I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted. But these freedoms have come with a price so many times. The sacrifices made by our veterans are reminders to us of this.


Quote: I want people to take the initiative to find veterans that need help, veterans that are suffering and in need of assistance reintegrating from combat back into society, into normal family lives and jobs. We need to take a real 'boots on the ground' approach to helping veterans in need. by author Max Martini overlaid on photo of Max Martini quote: I want people to take the initiative to find veterans that need help, veterans that are suffering and in need of assistance reintegrating from combat back into society, into normal family lives and jobs. We need to take a real 'boots on the ground' approach to helping veterans in need.- black text on quotes background

I want people to take the initiative to find veterans that need help, veterans that are suffering and in need of assistance reintegrating from combat back into society, into normal family lives and jobs. We need to take a real 'boots on the ground' approach to helping veterans in need.


Quote: Veterans are driven by the same frustrations that the public has with what is happening in Washington... the fiscal irresponsibility and the financial crisis that our country is facing. by author Pete Hegseth overlaid on photo of white petaled flowers beside gray wall
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

Veterans are driven by the same frustrations that the public has with what is happening in Washington... the fiscal irresponsibility and the financial crisis that our country is facing.


Quote: A lot of times, you're interacting with people for whom you're one of the very few veterans that they've met or had a lot of interactions with, and there's a temptation for you to feel like you can pontificate about what the experience was or what it meant, and that leads to a lot of nonsense. by author Phil Klay overlaid on photo of Phil Klay quote: A lot of times, you're interacting with people for whom you're one of the very few veterans that they've met or had a lot of interactions with, and there's a temptation for you to feel like you can pontificate about what the experience was or what it meant, and that leads to a lot of nonsense.- black text on quotes background

A lot of times, you're interacting with people for whom you're one of the very few veterans that they've met or had a lot of interactions with, and there's a temptation for you to feel like you can pontificate about what the experience was or what it meant, and that leads to a lot of nonsense.


Quote: Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation. by author Patty Murray overlaid on photo of black and brown metal machine
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Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation.


Quote: Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom. by author Rodney Frelinghuysen overlaid on photo of brown squirrel on tree log
Photo Credit: Sebastian Latorre

Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.


Quote: My advice is for veterans to seek out mentors, people who are doing what you want to do. You have to decide what you want and have a goal. Don't worry about how you're going to do it. Just trust that you'll get there. by author Rob Riggle overlaid on photo of pink tulips in close up photography
Photo Credit: Valeriia Miller

My advice is for veterans to seek out mentors, people who are doing what you want to do. You have to decide what you want and have a goal. Don't worry about how you're going to do it. Just trust that you'll get there.


Quote: Either war is obsolete, or men are. by author R. Buckminster Fuller overlaid on photo of man in gray and black suit holding brown wooden stick
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Either war is obsolete, or men are.


Quote: America's trying to do the best for its veterans. by author R. Lee Ermey overlaid on photo of person holding black handle knife
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America's trying to do the best for its veterans.


Quote: The precondition to freedom is security. by author Rand Beers overlaid on photo of man holding stick statue during daytime
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The precondition to freedom is security.


Quote: The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise -- and to the best in benefits and medical care. by author Sue Kelly overlaid on photo of long black haired woman smiling close-up photography
Photo Credit: Lesly Juarez

The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise -- and to the best in benefits and medical care.


It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.


Quote: Every star in the universe represents a soul of a soldier who gave his life for the life you live today. by author Giovannie de Sadeleer overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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Every star in the universe represents a soul of a soldier who gave his life for the life you live today.


Quote: Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men. by author Richard Watson Gilder overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Watson Gilder with quote

Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.


Quote: To sacrifice anything is of great honor. To sacrifice everything is of God. by author Todd Stocker overlaid on photo of photo of author Todd Stocker with quote

To sacrifice anything is of great honor. To sacrifice everything is of God.


Quote: The atrocities of war are only overshadowed by the heroism of their dead. by author Todd Stocker overlaid on photo of lit candle in focus photography
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The atrocities of war are only overshadowed by the heroism of their dead.


Quote: In the battlefield men grapple each other and die;
The horses of the vanquished utter lamentable cries to heaven,
While ravens and kites peck at human entrails,
Carry them up in their flight, and hang them on the branches of dead trees. by author Li Bai overlaid on photo of photo of author Li Bai with quote

In the battlefield men grapple each other and die;
The horses of the vanquished utter lamentable cries to heaven,
While ravens and kites peck at human entrails,
Carry them up in their flight, and hang them on the branches of dead trees.


Quote: I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: Mother, what was war? by author Eve Merriam overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
Photo Credit: Bao Menglong

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: Mother, what was war?


Quote: A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general. by author Henry George Bohn overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.


Quote: But fame is theirs -- and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell -- when cold neglect is dead -
These for their country fought and bled. by author Philip Freneau overlaid on photo of photo of author Philip Freneau with quote

But fame is theirs -- and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell -- when cold neglect is dead -
These for their country fought and bled.


Quote: May fireworks fill your heart and independence be your way of life. by author Neil Leckman overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

May fireworks fill your heart and independence be your way of life.


Quote: The thing about veterans, they know how to challenge the establishment. They're not afraid to take on the people in control. They're not afraid to put people over politics or over their political party. by author Seth Moulton overlaid on photo of grey sand wave
Photo Credit: Adrien Olichon

The thing about veterans, they know how to challenge the establishment. They're not afraid to take on the people in control. They're not afraid to put people over politics or over their political party.


Quote: One thing that bothers me is the way that people use veterans and troops almost as a shield. They say that's the reason they stand and that veterans deserve to be honored and respected during the anthem. But where is that outrage in taking better care of veterans? by author Sean Doolittle overlaid on photo of photo of author Sean Doolittle with quote

One thing that bothers me is the way that people use veterans and troops almost as a shield. They say that's the reason they stand and that veterans deserve to be honored and respected during the anthem. But where is that outrage in taking better care of veterans?


Quote: Veterans should not lose the benefits they've earned through their service due to circumstances out of their control. by author Conor Lamb overlaid on photo of photo of author Conor Lamb with quote

Veterans should not lose the benefits they've earned through their service due to circumstances out of their control.


Quote: The selflessness and service of the veterans I have met and served with are the living embodiment of what America and American values mean to me. by author Amy McGrath overlaid on photo of photo of author Amy McGrath with quote

The selflessness and service of the veterans I have met and served with are the living embodiment of what America and American values mean to me.


Quote: By 1989, the total number of Vietnam veterans who had died in violent accidents or by suicide after the war exceeded the total number of American soldiers who died during the war. by author Vladislav Tamarov overlaid on photo of Vladislav Tamarov quote; white text on black background

By 1989, the total number of Vietnam veterans who had died in violent accidents or by suicide after the war exceeded the total number of American soldiers who died during the war.




Quote: To The Veterans of the United States of America
Thank you, for the cost you paid for our freedom, thank you for the freedom to live in safety and pursue happiness, for freedom of speech (thus my book), and for all the freedoms that we daily take for granted. by author Sara Niles overlaid on photo of Sara Niles quote; white text on black background

To The Veterans of the United States of America
Thank you, for the cost you paid for our freedom, thank you for the freedom to live in safety and pursue happiness, for freedom of speech (thus my book), and for all the freedoms that we daily take for granted.


Quote: My dad once told me that his biggest challenge after returning from Vietnam had been coming to terms with his own callousness. He'd made a deal with the war and traded his humanity for a ticket home. by author Tucker Elliot overlaid on photo of purple and white light illustration
Photo Credit: Gradienta

My dad once told me that his biggest challenge after returning from Vietnam had been coming to terms with his own callousness. He'd made a deal with the war and traded his humanity for a ticket home.


Quote: For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you're called to do so we can safely do what we're free to do. by author Unkown overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you're called to do so we can safely do what we're free to do.


Quote: Veterans have the skills employers want -- discipline, motivation, leadership, and the ability to work on a team. They have made the U.S. military the most effective and respected in the world. by author Bobby Kotick overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Kotick with quote

Veterans have the skills employers want -- discipline, motivation, leadership, and the ability to work on a team. They have made the U.S. military the most effective and respected in the world.


Quote: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. by author Laurence Binyon overlaid on photo of photo of author Laurence Binyon with quote

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.


Quote: When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes. by author Napoléon Bonaparte overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Tamanna Rumee

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.


Quote: We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of purple and white petaled flower
Photo Credit: Jari Hytönen

We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.


Quote: Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? by author Henry Ward Beecher overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of beach side
Photo Credit: Syd Sujuaan

Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?


Quote: The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. by author Abraham Lincoln overlaid on photo of brown leaf on brown stem
Photo Credit: Åukasz Rawa

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.


Quote: In valor there is hope. by author Publius Cornelius Tacitus overlaid on photo of black assault rifle on snow covered ground
Photo Credit: Bexar Arms

In valor there is hope.


Quote: One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are. by author Steve Jobs overlaid on photo of brown and black galleon ship on ocean water under gray sky
Photo Credit: Andreea Swank

One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.


Quote: Because all of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and women who wear the uniform; and when they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans. by author Steve Buyer overlaid on photo of closeup photo of white heart bunting
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Because all of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and women who wear the uniform; and when they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans.


Quote: Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. by author Napoléon Bonaparte overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.


Quote: But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present. by author Nick Lampson overlaid on photo of photo of author Nick Lampson with quote

But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.


Quote: Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. by author Seneca the Younger overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
Photo Credit: Bao Menglong

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.


Quote: The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. by author Judd Gregg overlaid on photo of leafless tree under gray sky
Photo Credit: Yogendra Singh

The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.


Quote: Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.


Quote: It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. by author George S. Patton overlaid on photo of woman in black jacket standing near window
Photo Credit: Klara Kulikova

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.


Quote: People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of lion on green grass during golden hour
Photo Credit: Keyur Nandaniya

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.


Quote: I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me. by author Giuseppe Garibaldi overlaid on photo of white wall tiles
Photo Credit: Bernard Hermant

I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me.


Quote: Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world. by author François de La Rochefoucauld overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.


Quote: On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. by author Dan Lipinski overlaid on photo of photo of author Dan Lipinski with quote

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.


Quote: Old soldiers never die; they just fade away. by author Douglas MacArthur overlaid on photo of man holding stick statue during daytime
Photo Credit: Christian Chomiak

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.


Quote: Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. by author Douglas MacArthur overlaid on photo of body of water during daytime
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Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.

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Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.


Quote: I go where the sound of thunder is. by author Alfred M. Gray overlaid on photo of black assault rifle on snow covered ground
Photo Credit: Bexar Arms

I go where the sound of thunder is.


Quote: There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism. by author Alexander Hamilton overlaid on photo of black and white abstract illustration
Photo Credit: Hans Isaacson

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.


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