We honor and recognize veterans on this Veterans Day. There will be parades, ceremonies on town greens and in schools, and memorials in the cemeteries where the fallen repose. As the proud parents of Lance Corporal Jeffrey Michael Lucey, a Marine reservist who took his life on June 22, 2004, we also ask that we honor and remember those who live or have died in the darkness — the veterans who struggle daily with post-traumatic stress disorder and other service-related issues.
These are veterans who self-medicate their pain and torments with various substances. They are some of the ones you may pass daily on the street. Finally, they are those who have fallen from hidden wounds, unseen but just as lethal.
Let us remember those who are acknowledged and unacknowledged, counted and uncounted, both living and dead.
It is their lives, service, and sacrifices that must be honored, not only the way they suffer or have died.
It is time for this nation to truly commit itself to those who have given so much through their service, and not only just for two or three days a year.