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15 Reasons To Be Proud Of The Military This Veterans Day

For everything done and everything sacrificed. To all who dared to take an oath to protect and serve, thank you.

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1. They answered the call to take a rough road...

Often the road less traveled.
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Often the road less traveled.

2. ...in order to ensure the well-being of the people back home.

A US Navy pharmacist's mate helps a wounded German soldier taken prisoner in France to eat aboard a landing ship carrying prisoners to camps, in England (June 1944). (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)
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A US Navy pharmacist's mate helps a wounded German soldier taken prisoner in France to eat aboard a landing ship carrying prisoners to camps, in England (June 1944). (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

3. It was a life of hard work and perseverance.

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4. They always stood tall and took their mission head-on without hesitation.

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5. They provided the light in our darkest hours.

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6. They took on every wave that was thrown at us.

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7. They climbed to the top of every mountain in our path.

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8. And they lifted us up...

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9. ...to soar higher than we ever thought possible.

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10. Against tremendous odds, they raised the flag in the name of freedom for all.

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11. In the end, they come home to open arms...

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12. ...and open hearts.

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13. They are in the service of liberty.

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14. Dedicated to protecting every American.

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15. And every American is proud to thank the Armed Forces for their service this Veterans Day!

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To all who dared take this oath and serve their country, USAA is proud to salute you.

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