Today is the 246th anniversary of our American Independence Day, the day when the Second Continental Congress declared that “these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.” The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) salutes all those who serve in uniform in our Armed Forces; because of their sacrifices and those of Military Members before them, the United States of America is a free and independent nation.
Without those willing to volunteer and serve America, we never would have become a country of our own, and the rights now enjoyed by hundreds of millions simply would not exist, or certainly not in the form they do today. Equality and other rights are safeguarded by our Military Members, and always have been. As former President John F. Kennedy said, “Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.”
Every single member of the Continental Army who fought to separate the 13 States from Britain were volunteers. Today, we have over a million men and women who volunteer service for their country, which speaks well for the status of our Armed Forces. From a small seed we have grown our military into a mighty force. There were never more than 45,000 men at any time during the years 1775–1783, yet here we are today, with the best Armed Forces in the world.
Despite the difference in the numbers, the motivation is very much the same. Men and women volunteer today to defend the country and the way of life they choose. Revolutionary soldiers did so also, and that feeling is pervasive throughout our military history. It is the same feeling that also sparked those who served in the Texas Revolution and fought for the freedom of Texas.
It is the volunteer military that makes the rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” written in the Declaration relevant today. Every Military Member who serves protects those rights and makes the world better for their fellow Americans. We at the VLB are thankful for your spirit of service and volunteerism, as well as the sacrifices made so that we can be free. We are grateful on this special day of Independence for those who defend us. Happy Independence Day!
The VLB is happy to provide any needed help for these American heroes. The mission for the VLB is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email VLBinfo@glo.texas.gov, or visit vlb.texas.gov to see the different benefits available.
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