Remember Contributions Of Veterans
I recently attended the funeral of my Mother’s Brother, my Uncle George. A highly decorated World War II Veteran, Uncle George had been the recipient of several Purple Hearts as well as the Silver Star for his heroic service to our country. Having never been to a military funeral before I had no idea what to expect when the obituary listed the time for the service and that burial would be with full military honors.
As a child I had heard many stories of my Father and my Uncle’s war time experiences, but they of course were watered down for a child’s tender impressionable ears. When I and my Sister and my cousins became older we were given more details about how he earned his Silver Star and learned that Uncle George had been injured in a beach landing and even with his injury he still rescued another man who was injured and down and unable to get out of the water onto the beach. If that’s not a charitable contribution then what is? He was in fact willing to contribute his very life to save someone else’s life. Later in the war he was held captive by enemy forces and thought about how he might escape before he was finally released. Recently he was held captive by the ravages of old age and illness and talked about and attempted to escape from the care giving staff in the veteran’s hospital. Always an adventurer he was true to himself till the end and has now finally made his last great escape.
My Uncle George is only one of the many, many charitable giving members of those who serve in our military in both times of war and times of blessed peace. While we can’t do anything about giving them a charitable contribution deduction on their tax returns we certainly should give them our unending gratitude. The magnitude of their contribution was never more evident to me than it was when I was a participant in the last rites of respect shown by the full military honors given to a hero in thanks for his contributions. I’m sure the shots fired in salute and the piercing sound of taps filling the very air that was all around us could be heard by him as he enjoys having finally accomplished his great escape and his new found freedom at last.
So when you are searching for potential tax deductions and considering who to donate your charitable contributions to, please remember our Veterans and all that they have contributed to all of us.
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