Many of us have friends and family who have served in the military. Many brave men and woman go out of their way to serve and protect this country. Sadly it's been much harder to visit those loved ones who have served during this pandemic.

My great grand father, Vernon Truemper is 97 years old, and served as a pilot in WWII. Sadly I haven't had a chance to see him since last Christmas.

It is especially hard to visit older veterans due to the knowledge we have about COVID and it's effects on an older individual. None the less it is still important to get in contact with family. Veterans day for many is a good time to reach out to family and friends who have served. It is a good time to thank them and catch up.

Everyone has a busy life, and my family only gets to see each other about twice a year during a normal year. 2020 is no normal year. My great grandfather loves his family, and I'm sure he is truly sadden that we will not get to see each other in person this year. It's a sad thought, but one we must address. Thankfully my family knows how to use Zoom, so we can still see each other, but something will still feel like it's missing. I'll also, hopefully be calling my great grandfather today.

If you are close with a veteran who you haven't seen, or spoken with for awhile, now is a great time to reach out. A simple call can make all the difference to someone. Showing your love and appreciation on this day is truly important.

This was the last video I got with my great grandfather. He shared some stories, and amazing parts of history.

@jaketruemper44This is why me and my family love history, my great grandfather, a WWII pilot. We all talk for hours! ##history ##fyp ##happythanksgiving ##foryou ##family

♬ original sound - Jake Truemper

 

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