Moreover, AAV was at the forefront in gaining Congressional recognition of the significant contribution these men (over 250,000) played in defense of our country during the Cold War, and in securing federal legislation that guaranteed these veterans V.A. disability benefits. A hard-earned victory that when you also consider the family members of veterans, it improved the lives of millions of Americans.
She was honored to deliver the opening keynote speech in which she also paid tribute to my father. In case you missed it, here's a tribute piece I published in 2008 honoring both of my remarkable parents.
Here's an excerpt:
"In 1935, Will Rogers said: 'We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.'
"I speak for my whole family when I say we hope that all those clapping on the sidelines will read this essay and become inspired enough to actively participate in doing everything they can to improve our nation and society.
"I like what Bob Dylan said -- 'I think a hero is someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.' I couldn't have said it better myself.
"I once read: 'Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.' How true.
"Fortunately, nothing fell short in that department for my parents. They both lived life to its up-most fullest -- always sharing their love with everyone around them, always eager to laugh, to have fun and always thoughtful and kind in putting the needs of others before their own.
"In every element of living, both Anthony and Mary compassionately gave life 'one heck of ride!'"
In Ending, let us all continue to inspire everyone around us -- as both of my parents did -- in a time that inspiration is greatly needed. God bless...you all. ~Vince