Veteran’s Day: We Will Never Forget

November poses as an extremely important month for a particular group of Americans who deserve an enormous amount of recognition. On this day, Veteran’s Day, there is no amount of gratitude too spectacular that can be expressed sincerely enough for protecting our nation’s freedom. As noble of an honor as it to be a Veteran, the title came with a hefty price. Some of these people are forever inevitably forced to live with the memories of the horrific traumatic visuals of death, gruesome scenes of mutilation, and unspeakable methods of torture they’ve encountered while trying to fight for their lives during times of war. Not only that, these very same unselfish heroic people were also fighting for the lives and freedom for individuals of whom they’ve never met, have never heard of, and will never see. Those who were fortunate enough to survive and return home, return with having to totally restructure their way of living due to the loss of their mobility while they watch various strangers, whom they have literally rescued, walk pass them with all their limbs still intact.

For this, each and every American citizen should acknowledge all Veterans, the living and the deceased, on every Veteran’s Day of every year in the month of November. Free and/or discounted meals are being offered exclusively to the military and ex-military community this Monday, November 11, 2013 at the following restaurants:

Applebee’s – free meal
Bar Louie – free meal
Bj’s Restaurant & Brewery – free meal
Bob Evans – free all-you-can-eat meal
California Pizza Kitchen – free meal
Carraba’s – free appetizer
Champps Americana – free meal
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – free meal
Cheeseburger in Paradise – free meal
Chili’s – free meal
Denny’s – free all-you-can-eat meal
Einstein’s Bros Bagel – free bagel
Famous Dave’s – free or discount meal
Fox & Hound & Bailey’s Sports Grille – Free or discounted meal
Friendly’s – free breakfast & coffee
Golden Corral – free meal
HoneyBaked Stores – free meal (lunch)
Hooters – free meal
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House – free meal
Hy-Vee – free breakfast
IKEA – free sandwich, hot dish, or entrée salad
Krispy Kreme – free doughnut & coffee
Little Caesars® – free crazy bread®
Lone Star Steakhouse – free entrée
LongHorn Steakhouse – free Texas Tonion and alcoholic beverage
Max & Erma’s – free meal
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner
Menchi’s – free 6 oz. frozen yogurt
O’Charley’s – free entrée
On The Border – free meal
Outback Steakhouse – free Bloomin’ Onion & drink
Paciugo Gelato Caffe – free 12oz gelatte
Red Lobster – free appetizer
Red Robin – free Red’s Tavern Double & Bottomless Steak Fries
Ruby’s Diner – free Cinnamon Roll French Toast until 11:30am.
Shoney’s – free All-American Burger
Spaghetti Warehouse – buy one entrée, get one free
Sizzler Restaurant – free meal until 4pm.
Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes – buy one meal, get one free
Texas Corral – free meal
Texas Land & Cattle Steak House – free appetizer
Texas Roadhouse – free lunch
T.G.I. Friday’s – free lunch
The Olive Garden – free meal; 10% off family dining with a veteran
Tim Hortons – free donut
Tony Roma’s – free entrée
Twin Peaks – free meal
Uno Chicago Grill – free individual pizza
Village Inn – free breakfast item

Note: please call your local restaurant of choice listed above to confirm discounts, or check their websites for further details. Remember to bring your proof of military service for verification.

Aside from enjoying a complimentary meal, Veterans can also enjoy free or discounted services at the following companies and attractions:

Anheuser-Busch Parks – free admission for service member and up to 3 dependents

Bed, Bath & Beyond – 20% off entire purchase
Colonial Williamsburg – free admission
Car Washes – free car wash
Great Clips – free haircut
Home Depot – 10% discount (year around)
Historic Jamestowne – free admission
Joann Fabric & Craft Stores – 20% off entire purchase
Knotts Berry Farm – free admission
Lowe’s – 10% off entire purchase (year around)
Pro Football Hall of Fame – free admission
Sport Clips – free haircut
Walgreens – 15% off eligible store items; 20% off Walgreens brands

For those who do not qualify for the aforementioned discounts but will be out and about at any one of these locations on Monday, please show your appreciation and gratitude if you should happen to run into a Veteran, or anyone from the military community for that matter. Give them a handshake, tell them thank you, or simply stop and say hello. Do this not only every Veteran’s Day, but also on any given day of the year. By acknowledging our beloved Veterans, it is a symbolic way of expressing the context of the 9/11 slogan to them: “We Will Never Forget.”

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Something to think about: “Walls were Made to be Broken” (part 4) The Demolition Process

Hopefully by now, you have uncovered which walls need your immediate attention and which walls do not. I would suggest beginning the demolition process on any wall that is causing an immediate hindrance to your daily living, such as anything that is interfering with your peace of mind. Nothing compares to enjoying life with a healthy state of mind. Remember – you only get one life; it is better to make the most of the time you have to spend on this earth than to waste it and regret it later.

So on to the demolition…

The demolition process basically starts off following the same procedures for both Conscious and Unconscious Walls. The only difference is the amount of time it takes to completely destroy them. That time is determined by factors such as when that wall was placed there and who put it there. For example: an Unconscious Wall that has been built by an authority figure, such as a parental figure, a lover, or whomever you have depended on for emotional support and approval, may take years to demolish simply because it has been ingrained inside your heart and mind as a necessity for survival. Let’s say, for instance, a child who grows up in an environment that is unsympathetic and is full of callousness may have had to learn to adapt to that kind of situation by becoming so thick-skinned that they do not know how to love or be loved. They reject anyone who comes across as caring and sympathetic, or the total opposite, because they do not recognize that real love and are only receptive to people who resemble the authority figures of the environment they have grown up in. They will recreate their childhood environment because that IS their comfort zone. It may take years before this person can make a successful personal transformation, but it is not impossible.

So let’s begin with a less challenging wall to destroy: the Conscious Wall. Just a quick recall, a Conscious Wall is one that is derived from a realistic fear stemmed from an illogical belief. Examples of this would be along the lines of stereotyping: ALL marriages end in divorce, ALL blondes are dimwitted, ALL males are cheaters, and ALL women are not as intelligent as a man, and so on. Plenty can be said about the stereotyping of gender, sexual preference, and races but I will not get too deep into those details. When stereotype a person, place or thing, we will react to them according to what we feel is appropriate, and that includes avoidance. Keep in mind it is healthy and wise to avoid something or someone we know for a fact is not in our best interest. However, stereotyping is not based on facts. Stereotyping is based on opinion and does not necessarily mean one part applies to the whole, if you catch my drift.

But how do we debunk any hypothetical stereotyping beliefs we may have?

Get out there and find out for yourself. Be realistic; nobody is perfect. We all have flaws, hang-ups, etc., but is that not what makes us all unique? None of our personal flaws may have anything to do with our gender, our cultural background, or our sexual preference.  The funny thing about social networking, such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, etc., is we all can be whoever we want to be behind the screen, but it is the words that we speak that will be noticed by others first. We do not see a face, a race, or a gender unless we post a profile picture, and even that sometimes is not always truthful. The bottom line is: you will never know what you are missing until you get to know the character of a person. Drop everything that you have heard and read about a gender, a culture, or a sexual preference and just meet a variety of people from all, and I do mean ALL, walks of life and from any and every category. Remember, you yourself fall into one or more categories. Would you want someone to discriminate against you without giving you a fair chance?

 

© 2013 Learus Ohnine