DR. E. CAROL WEBSTER’S
HONOR OUR VETERANS
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Original Copyright © 2010
This is the time of year to honor our Veterans. You’re probably working beside someone who has served in the military or who continues to be deployed as a member of the reserves or active duty forces. These are the folks who are responsible for our freedom, but they tend to be rather invisible to us civilians and can be overlooked if we don’t take time to express our appreciation.
Slow down and take time to say “Thank you for your service!” to your family member, friend, or colleague who is in or has served in the military. Give a word of thanks to those in uniform you see during your day-to-day travels. Very few get any recognition, so it’s easy for those who devoted years of their lives to defend our freedom to feel neglected and unappreciated. Your show of gratefulness is guaranteed to please.
Try to Understand
Those who are returning from active duty or who served some years ago still may be feeling the effects of their tour(s) of duty. Many have been traumatized by their experiences and still may be reeling from all they’ve been through. They appreciate having a job to return to and want to interact with everyone in a sociable and meaningful manner. But often they are dealing with issues that are beyond the range of common experiences. So, if they appear uptight or standoffish, we need to understand that they need time to settle in and readjust to civilian life and the traditional workplace again.
Support Our Troops
Put our troops on your radar screen. Take steps to help. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and, of course, you can donate to many causes designed to help those who are serving to keep us free. But sometimes the simple act of passing by your colleague’s desk to wave a warm “hello” is enough. Helping to organize the Veterans Appreciation Day event in your workplace is just fine. The point is to make an effort. Take some kind of action.
It’s easy to overlook our troops because they don’t draw attention to themselves or demand recognition. They simply go about the business of protecting us while they and their families pay the price. In some cases – the ultimate price. Do your part. Exert a little energy and show gratitude for the freedom we all enjoy because of them.
About the Author:
Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,
The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
The Private Practice of Clinical Psychology in: Voices of Historical & Contemporary Black American Pioneers
To contact Dr. Webster visit online at http://drcarolwebster.com or call 954.797.9766.
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
Mailing Address: 7027 West Broward Boulevard, #262 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317
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