Recognition and Thanks

Gary Wolsky

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO

The Village Family Service Center

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. A day set aside by a grateful nation to pay homage to the millions who defended our country, its freedom, its way of life, and who have done their part at ensuring the next generation can have the same opportunities as the last generation.

Every veteran’s experience is unique. Some return with stories of travel, comradeship, and positive experiences, along with the knowledge they were prepared to step into combat if required. Some return permanently damaged—physically and emotionally—and need our support for extended periods of time.

Some, of course, will never return.

Regardless of the circumstances of their service, our nation called and they answered. That’s worth something. It’s worth remembering that we, as the most successful experiment in government in the history of our planet, got to where we are by standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. In every respect, veterans since 1776 have been “paying it forward” for all of us.

Please remember to thank them for their service.

 On another note

In the last issue of The Village Family Magazine, I devoted my editorial column to my personal beliefs about Obamacare.

I want to thank the many folks who took the time to respond to my thoughts. As you might guess, there was both support and opposition expressed and much of it said with gusto on both sides. I’m also grateful to Joel Heitkamp for the opportunity to engage in a good discussion on his radio program around this important policy debate.

Democracy succeeds only to the extent that its citizens are knowledgeable and engaged in the issues that impact them. Open and robust discussions around policy and directional matters have always been a part of our local and national makeup as well as a key part of our nation’s unparalleled accomplishments in its 237-year history. It is in this spirit that my editorial is written and why it has a place in our magazine.

Finally, thank you for the numerous comments that recognized the value and contribution The Village makes to our community and region. It is very gratifying to see that even those who took issue with my position could respect and acknowledge The Village’s long history and successful work with kids and families.

Thank you all.

The opinions expressed in this column are strictly those of The Village Family Service Center CEO. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization, staff, or boards of directors.

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