"You get used to grief."

Veterans Day evoked strong feelings and memories for every cast member of the UNITED STATES OF AL. But, it is not always what you think. Grief, lack of money, feelings of less than you were are all a part of a vet’s daily struggles.

I always wonder why we say “Happy Veterans Day” on FB and other social media. In my heart, I never understood the word “happy” associated with remembering wars and fighting. I get the camaraderie and feelings of brotherhood with your squadron, but it is based on a very intense, dangerous, fleeting moment in time. 

I loved the show’s character celebrations…eating with friends, participating in a parade, shaking hands, listening, validating feelings, and being brave enough to just open a box of memories from a fallen loved one. I felt their pain and growth. 

The UNITED STATES OF AL educates me.  It makes me more aware of how much members of our armed services and their families continue to give every day. It is available to stream on CBS/ PARAMOUNT Television. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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