Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day so I thought it would be a good time to share this helpful video. As a civilian, I try to educate myself about military culture whenever I can, as Montana has more military families than the national average. This is one group I have zero experience with and I feel like it's important to know your community. A few years back, a Marine friend of mine taught me that if you want to know something about a person who has served, you should just ask them. As with any culture, some people will answer your questions, some are not so comfortable talking about their experience. I asked him if it made him uncomfortable when random people come up and thank him for his service, he said "sort of" because he said he doesn't feel like he should be thanked for serving. I followed up with, should we all stop doing that then? This friend, who is in his 30s, said he felt the older generation would appreciate it more. So just some things I've learned from my ongoing quest to educate myself, I also found this video to be helpful.

The video is based on a study by PsychArmor, which is an organization that educates Americans who want to work with vets, military personnel, and their families. PsychArmor asked hundreds of Veterans what they wanted civilians, employers, educators, health care providers, and therapists to know about them. If you are active, have served, or are part of a military family, thank you for your sacrifices.