The University of Alabama at Birmingham invites you to remember and thank our veterans for their service to our country. Throughout the month of November, please take a moment to write a thank you note, share a story, or simply express your gratitude for their service by filling out the Thank a Veteran form.


Messages of Thanks for Veterans

Thank you very much for all that you do for your country and all the scarifies you make. Thank you for your service.
- Riddhi Patel, Active Duty

Thank you to all of our veterans, past and present, for your service and sacrifice. Happy birthday and cheers to my fellow Devil Dogs! 242 years young! And lastly, to those who have gone before us, my Marine brothers, my Grandfathers, my Uncle Jon, SGM US Army, SSG Adam Thomas, 10th SFG US Army (KIA), and all of my brothers and sisters in arms who have paid the ultimate price: thank you, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
- Kasey Whilding, Veteran

I would like to thank all of my brothers who fought tirelessly in the wars where they were assigned to go.
- Diane Bennett, Military family

I would like to thank my son, Clifford Bennett, for the years of service he gave protecting our country. THANK YOU DARLING!!!
- Diane Bennett

Thank you for your service. You are a hero to all. Also thank you to your family and friends for their sacrifice of their time away from you. You are appreciated and supported. - Your UAB family.
- Madison Carpenter

As a former military spouse and sibling/daughter of veterans, I understand the sacrifices and pride that come along with serving this great nation. You are much appreciated. God bless you!
- Minda W., Military family

Thanks for the poem it really touched my heart. It's not easy being away from the ones you love. America is truly a great nation and we all should be grateful. Thanks to all our veterans from
- Jose M. Tirado, Veteran

Thank You to all Soldiers who have protected this Great Nation of ours. My father passed on Dec. 30, 2013. He was a WWII Glider Pilot. He was in the Army/Aircorp 9th Corp, 442nd Division, 306th Troop Carrier Group. He flew Holland, France, Belgium and Germany. His main mission was Operation Market Garden. Over half the men died in that battle. He received the Air Combat Metal for his Service. He was my HERO and my BEST FRIEND. He always said the HEROS were the ones that gave their lives during the war. He said he was not a HERO. I always thought he and all men like him were HEROS. I'd like to share a poem I wrote a few weeks after he died. It's called "Soldiers Pain."
- Frank L. Vance IV

"Soldier's Pain"
By Frank L. Vance IV
Dedicated to Frank L. Vance III and all soldiers

He is my eternal flame,
Many have come before and after,
but they are all the same

Young boys protecting the world
and always taking the blame.

They didn't ask to be in this
situation, but do their job
because they love their nation.

They never have time to cry
or be afraid, something we
take for granted every day.

There is a place in my heart
for all the families that have to
be apart.

I owe a great amount of appreciation
because my father was part of
the Greatest Generation.

Many lose their life and
some come home to their wife.

The ones that are sane settle
back in society and sustain,
but the ones that gave and
saw pain will never be the same.

If they make it back sane
I think they wonder why we all complain.

So, if you see a soldier
give them a hand shake and
a hug because freedom is
not free and they sacrifice
everything for you and me.

We will never know a
Soldiers Pain because they
risk and give their lives for our gain.

When I think of Veterans, I am nothing but thankful. I know most do not care to have recognition for their duties, but oh thank you. Today I'm sure thankful for you, your time, the time you sacrificed so I can be free. I cannot thank you enough for the love you shared to us who were back home while you served so beautifully. Your so appreciated today, tomorrow and forever. Never forget how loved you are! 
Forever Thankful for you, 
- Hannah Neel, Veteran

Today on a great day, full of Thanksgiving food, joy and love, with those surrounding me...I am most THANKFUL for you! I am blessed, have tears in my eyes, and have a warm heart knowing I can be outside with my dog, family, and friends and be safe. It is ALL BECAUSE OF YOU and those serving and sacrifice! Thank you for your sacrifice, your love for others, your commitment, and your faith. Your appreciated, today, tomorrow,and forever. Blessings and love,
- Hannah Neel, Active Duty

Thank you for your service to our country. It is appreciated and respected. I pray for your well-being and for your loved ones.
Be careful, and take care.
- Jamie Grimes

Thank you Quinton Rowser for you dedication and sacrifices you have provided for our country and keeping us safe. 
- Steph

God bless you for your services and I thank you for protecting your country and me.
- Celeste Allen, Military Family

Thank you for your service.
- Patti Sims

Thank you to all our Veterans and Active duty service members! We appreciate you so much!
Proud Navy Mom :)
- Karla Duncan, Military Family

Thank you for your service son! We love you and we are so proud of you and all your accomplishments! :)
- LTJC Steohen Duncan, Active Duty

Thank you to all who have and are currently sacrificing to ensure our way of life. The men and women who serve, the families who miss them and support them. You all are held in my highest regard and I appreciate your selfishness provides.
- C Underwood, Military Family

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our country and protect us from harm.
- Carin Mayo, Military Family

I just want to say Thank You to everyone who is or has been in the military, as well as their families. You are not thanked enough. Just know that there are those of us who appreciate everything you do.
- Leigh Davis

Thank you so much for all that you do to keep our country safe and protect our freedoms! You are a true hero to me and my kids!
- Mary M. Hatcher

"We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us." - Winston Churchill
- Leslie Upshaw, Military Family

Thank you for your service! My husband is a former Navy sailor and my grandfather served in WWII as a sailor and in the reserves. We are grateful for your sacrifices, and hope we, as a country, can provide the services and support returning veterans need.
Thank you!
- Sarah Connor

Thank you for selflessly serving our country and for the many sacrifices you and your families have endured.
- Barbara Lazarre

To all my fellow veterans, thank you for doing what had to be done. We are part of a small group who answered a call because we realize that there are times it simply needs to be done for the good of the nation. My son, son-in-law, many cousins and uncles, my father and father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather all have had military service.
- Donald Shipp, Retired

Thanks I am sad to say,the general public does not fully value all of the sacrifices made by those who stand up and serve to protect our way of life. The everyday freedoms we take for granted, still could be taken away in an instant, just look at the people who have experienced being prisioners in other countries.
- L. Weiss

Thank you to all veterans, past and present. Thank you to the families of our active duty military, who live the sacrifice of your deployments. We depend on you and never could possibly thank you enough.
- Joan

Thanks for all you do for our country and have done. God bless all of you and your families.
- Christie Fuller

Thank you for everything you do! YOU have kept my family safe and are giving me a life of safety. Thank you for serving our country!
- Madeline Gaffney

Thank you for what you did for our country.
- Ashton Leland Anderson

Thank you all for your service! Past, present and future.
- Kiana Cunningham

My husband is a proud Marine's man. He stands proud to serve our country. Today I would like to say "Thanks" to him and all Veterans.
May God continue to bless you.
- Tammie Kelly, Veteran

I would like to thank the Veterans for their selfless act of service. It takes courage to do what you have done. I salute you for your dedication, bravery, and sacrifice.
Happy Veterans' Day!
- Tanisha Charleston

A BIG THANK YOU to all Veterans that have sacrificed and served our Country for many years. I am a proud Dad of a US Marine that served 10 years and is now a UAB Police Officer serving our families, patients, and visitors. Thank you Karl Martin for your sacrifice and your service.
- JVann Martin, Veteran

Thank you for all of your service! You guys are the best. I can’t even think how words to thank you as much as I would like to! Only: Thank you for serving a short time or long Thank you for making our country so strong Thank You for leaving you life in our hands Thank you for taking an lasting stand Thank you to those dead or alive Thank you to those who did not survive Thank you for making American proud Thank you for making our voices so loud Thank you for everything that you’ve done Thank you oh thank you God bless you we’ve won
- McKala Ottey

Thanks to every single veteran who served in the army to protect our world!!!! Thanks to you guys, our world is now a better place!!!!
Again and again, thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!!!!
- Kimona Mitchell, Active Duty

Thank you for putting your life on the line to protect your country. Thank you for selflessly dedicating yourself to our freedom. Thank you for serving your country. There is nothing the American people could ever do to repay you for your service.
- Amber Dixon

Thank you for supporting our country.
- Anna Wiggins

Thank you James Edward Isaac Jr. for your sacrafice. God bless the family of this young man killed in combat, fighting for my freedom. Hoping to keep your memory and efforts alive in today's generation. Thank you for your sacrifice.
God bless you and your family.
- Tamy Kuykendall, Active Duty

Thank you so much for your service! We are all so proud of you and your accomplishments!
- Stephen Duncan, Active Duty

Thank you so much for your service to your country and to your family and friends. There are so many freedoms that we enjoy every single day that wouldn't be possible without your sacrifices! Never doubt that we appreciate you, love you, and pray for you and your families!
- Danny Tindall

Thanks to all that are serving and has served our great nation. I want to say a special thanks to my husband William L. Manderson who is and always will be a Marine. He served in Vietnam.
- Earlean Manderson, Military family

Thank you to my grandfathers who served for our country and came home safe and sound. Thank you for those who served and did not come home. Thank you to every man and woman who fought willingly so that my brothers were not forced to. Thank you to everyone currently serving for our country and keeping us all safe. Thank you!
- Makenzie Wilson

A deeply heartfelt THANK YOU for your service to our country; for the sacrifices you made to keep us a free nation; and for all you gave up to serve in my place. May God's richest blessings be yours.
- Melanie Daily

Thank you so much for serving this country and keeping us safe. Thank you for the sacrifice you've made and your dedication. I pray for many blessings and any healing for you and your loved ones.
- Sharita Pickett

I want to say thank you to my mother Audrey - retired USMC, Vietnam War; uncle Marvin - retired US Army, Vietnam War; aunt Marshall - retired US Army, Gulf War and cousin Luther - Lt. Col, US Air Force - War in Afghanistan, for their patriotism and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make (Luther) for our freedom. I love you!
- Karen King, Military family

I am a proud Mother of a son currently serving in the U.S. Army Military Police. I am so thankful to him and all of his military brothers and sisters who are there to protect us and our country. They put us first every day and I continually ask God to cover them wherever they go. We love you and honor you always.
- Beverly Foster, Military family

Just a note to say thank you for your service, your courage, and the protection you provide to the United States of America. Thank you also for your protection of the weak and vulnerable populations in other contries where you have served, and for truly representing what we stand for.
- Janet McDaniel

Many thanks for everything you do to keep us safe and free.
- Tina

Thank you so much for your countless sacrifices. I appreciate all you've done to keep all of us safe and free.
- Amy Minchin

To all of our military service men and women, whether active, retired, deployed or at home, you have my utmost respect, admiration and appreciation. Thanking you, and your families, for your sacrifice.
- Jane, daughter of a retired USMC Master Sergeant - Semper Fi!

Thank you for your willingness to be away from your family and for trying to keep others safe. Prayers for you and yours....
- Vicki Hixon, Active Duty

Old Glory's Stripes are Red and White
Her Stars are Backed by Blue
Tucked Inside this Card is
My Appreciation for YOU!!!
Semper FI!
-Jean Perrine, Proud USMC Mom, Active Duty

People of our Country and State sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because our Veterans stand ready to defend our Constitutional rights on our behalf. Freedom is a privilege that has a cost. Thank-you Veterans for paying our dues. Our family flies the United States Flag year-round in your honor.
- Bill & Brenda Mayfield, Military family

My work with injured service members and their caregivers has given me a new found respect for the men and women who fearlessly serve our country. I would like to extend a personal thank you for your willingness to sacrifice money, health, safety, and time with family to protect a nation you hold in highest regard. Your loyalty, humility, perseverance, integrity, and strength do not go unnoticed. I hope that you are met with gratitude this Veterans Day. Respectfully, 
- Molly Cox

What an incredible sacrifice you and your family made for me and mine. You didn't know me or any of the hundreds of thousands of people you sacrificed your life for, yet you did it anyway. You love your country and though it may seem like your country doesn't love you, WE DO! We love you and your family for giving of yourself for the greatest nation on earth. May God continue to bless you and your family for your sacrifice. Sincerely with respect and admiration,
- Mary, Active Duty

Thank you so much for your service to our country. I am very thankful to live in a free country, especially, after traveling abroad and realizing just how amazing it is to be an American. I am grateful to you for your sacrifice and cover you in my prayers. God Bless you and your family!
- Rachel Metcalf, Active Duty

For all you do in support of our country and our freedom, I thank you!
- Betty Farley

Thank you for preserving our freedom & providing our safety!
- Rhonda Boyd

I thank God for all our military/Veterans for fighting for our beautiful country, the United Sates of America and keeping us safe. God Bless You All!
- Betty G. Dykes

Thank you to all who serve and have served our country and to your families and loved ones. Your service helps to keep our country free and you are appreciated every day. I pray for your safety and that God would bless you all!
- Jenny

Thanks to all Veterans who have sacrified their life to serve their country. My husband is a retired veteran, and many of my church members. My God continue to strength all branches of the military. Remembering You Veterans Day 2016!!!
- Dorothy Jean Brown, Veteran

Thank you so much for keeping United States of America free. I could never be as brave as you are, putting your very life on the line for the people at home. Thank God for all of you."
- Faye Huffstutler

I come from a military family and want to thank all of those who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces. I appreciate ALL of you and what you have done and are doing for our country. A big thank you to the families as well for the support you provide for your loved ones.
- Tanji Stephens, Military family

I want to thank all veterans for their service and what they do for their country.
- Dontarius, Veteran

Dear Veteran,
Thank you so much for protecting the country. My dad was in the military when i was 2 and i hear stories from my mom about how hard it was not knowing if he would come home. I just can't say thank you enough. Yours Truly, 
- Will Biles

Dear Veteran,
Thank You for Your Service and all that you do for your country. You are braver than I'll ever be. :) Yours Truly, 
- Paul Lucas Ryan

Thank You for being our life line to freedom. May God bless you all in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Patrice Sims, Active Duty

Thank you for serving and protecting our country. We love you and pray for your safe return back home.
- Wanda, Military family

Thank you to ALL the Veterans for what you've done/doing for our country!
- Angela Usher, Military family

I wish to thank all past, present, and future Veterans for your willingness to serve. Eventhough there are sacrifices (for some,a lot more than others); it is an honor to serve. Continue to pray for our sailors, airmen, soldiers, marines, and of course, their families (it couldn't be accomplished without your support). Respectfully submitted.
- Amy, Retired

Heartfelt thanks to all who have served and continue to have a lifelong commitment to our great country!
- Daphne Powell

Thank you to all who have placed their lives at risk for their country. Thank you to loved ones, especially those whose family members are no longer with us due to their duties. My freedom and my children's freedom required sacrifices that I did not have to make, so I pray for those who did, and their families, and pray that America will respect and uphold freedoms for all citizens equally, and encourage other countries to do the same.
- James Grimes

Thanks to all the veterans past and present for their service!
- Mary Hall, Active Duty

Thank You to All for your service to help make our Country what it is today. A special prayer to to all our fallen soldiers familes. Gods grace and peace be upon you. Thank You!
- Gwen Timmons, Active Duty

Thank you so much for the service you do to protect us all here in America. We are so thankful for everything we do and I am praying for you.
- Gina Sherman

I want to express my thanks to all the veterans out there! Thank you so much for all the hard work you all have done for our country and continueing doing. God Bless America!!!!!!!!!
- Cindy Rowell, Veteran

Thank you to all the veterans and their families. My Dad served over 20 years in the Air Force so all veterans have a special place in my heart. Thank you to all Active Duty and Retired. All of you are truly special people.
- Tanji Stephens, Military family

I am extremely proud of my Dad for his fight and sacrifice for our country during World War II. He brought home a Purple Heart which I will always cherish. I love you Daddy!
- Vickie Anderson, Veteran

Sending a heartfelt hug and thanks to our Military family. Your effort to make a difference, to make the world a better place, to do good for others is greatly appreciated. Love from Alabama!
- Trina Colafrancesco, Military family

Thanks for all that you all do for our country and may the God that I serve keep you all safe.
- Cheryl Brown

Thank you all for your service and dedication to our great country.
- Treva McAboy

A few greats back my grandfather defended America in the Revolutionary war. My grandfather was in the trenches of France in WW1, and my father and uncle were in Germany in WW2 including the Battle of the Bulge. I posthumously salute them, and all of their compatriots, for their gallantry in the face of nearly unimaginable challenges. Their contributions dwarf my military service.
- Marty Smith, Veteran

Thank you for your service. Your bravery allows me to live a life that people in other countries may not be afforded. I am forever grateful for what you have done or are currently doing.
- Brannette Marshall

There are not many places in the world where men and women I have never met will fight, with their lives, to grant me rights that not everyone else has. Thank you so much for protecting and defending our freedom and way of life. We are the greatest country in the world because we have the greatest people in the world defending us. Words cannot express the infinite gratitude every American has for you. Thank you to all who put—and have put on- the uniform looking for nothing in return.
- Kimberly Heard, Military family

Thank you for servicing our country doing what you do it takes courage and strength and the ALmighty God to endure but you chose to do so THANK YOU THANK YOU TO TYSON HALL FORT HOOD ( ALL MILITARY )
- Denise, Active Duty

Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family make daily.
- Janice Wagnon, Military family

Thank you for your service. My father was in the Army during the Korean Conflict. You are the foundation upon which this country stands. We depend on you for our freedoms. Thank you for all that you do.
- Fredia Fuller Dillard, Military family

Thank you for your service, for your sacrifices. I have holidays with my family while you frequently miss them and many other things, moments that cannot be created again. Thank you for facing fear so I can sleep at night.
- Roberta, Military family

May you be blessed today and always for your service to our country. To have someone defend me and my rights is such a great honor. Frome one veteran family to another, thank you and God bless you greatly.
- Gloria Turner, Veteran

This is the first Veteran's Day that my mother and I will spend without my father who was a Vietnam Veteran who passed away this past April. Daddy you were a great man, proud of the 17 years service you gave to our country and we so thankful for the sacrifice that you made as well the other Veterans that served beside you. So we say Thank You for Your Service to all who served yesterday, today, and tomorrow for the sake of our freedoms. 
- Nikki George, Veteran

To all service men and women of every branch of military service: It is with a grateful heart I thank all of you for the daily sacrifice and committment you give to protect the freedom of our country and our rights so many have died to defend. God be with you this Veteran's Day, and always.
- Henry Hoffmeyer, Military family

I would like to thank all of the men and women who have servied in the miltary. Thandks goes out to my brothers who wasin the vetnam war, my daugther, son who was in Irqa war and son-in-law.Thanks to all of you. May God Bless
- Carol Sloan, Veteran

Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country..
- Pauline Fox

I come from a line of Veterans and I want to Thank all vets. Special Thanks to my brother my husband son grandsons. To show my appreciation I am very active with Quilts of Valor Thanks again for given America Freedom
- Janie Mahon, Active Duty

My dad and uncles fought in WWII and my brothers fought in Vietnam. I am extremely proud to be part of such a wonderful family. I want to thank them and all those past, present and future who have fought or will fight for my freedom. My debt can never be repaid. Thank you and may God bless you.
- Carleen Abercrombie

My father served over 30 years active duty Air Force (yes, I am a BRAT) and my sister active duty (over 20 years). My cousin is a commander of a sub in the Navy, and all of my uncles have served. To the active duty, reserves, national guards, and veterns - a heartfelt THANK YOU for all you and your families have done, and do. God bless the USA and the wonderful military!
- Becky Jones, Military Family

Thank you Veterans for your service to your country! We salute you for all you have sacrificed. Special thanks to my son, who is currently serving in the US Navy - active duty. I am so proud of you!
- Karla Duncan, Military family

Special thanks to my husband who served more than 20 years in the Marine's...They really are the few, the proud, the Marines. Hoorah! Although my Dad is now deceased he also served in the branch of the Army...We are so proud of these men and every man who is now serving or in the past. Thank you all!!!
- Tammie Bester-Kelly, Military family

Thank you for your sacrifice, no words could explain our gratitude.
- Samantha Sewell, Military family

Thank you to all the veterans and those currently serving for your courage and personal sacrifice to serve and protect our country. My life is better because of you.
- Julie Whatley, Military family

Thanks to all of UAB's veterans for the sacrifices they have made to preserve the freedom of the United States of America. Your sacrifices are not forgotten.
- Bobby Rogers, MSgt, USAF (Ret.), UAB HSIS Information Security

Thank you for all that you do or have done. Our nation stands today because of you.
- Phyllis Davis

In being a veteran myself I like to thank all Veterans for your military service. It can sometimes feel alone and isolated but know we as Americans and other veterans really appreciate all that you have done in protecting our country.
- Cheryl, Veteran

Thank you for courage, commitment and perseverance; for serving in places most of us would never go to willingly. Thank your families for all the holidays and benchmark observed without you. God Bless and protect you and your families.
- Caroline Lockridge, Military family

Keep up the good work guys! I hope you all are safe and think about and pray for you a lot. I wish I could be there with y'all! Thank you for doing what so many don't want to do! SEMPER FI!!!
- Richard Crabb, Veteran

Thank you for your service. We enjoy many freedoms because of your commitment to our country. God bless you and your family. God Bless America!
- Anita Clemon

Thank you and your families for the sacrifices you make to assure our freedom. Words cannot express the pride and appreciation I feel for our wonderful military and their families, past present, and future.
- Pamela W. Morgan, Military family

May God bless you and keep you safe, especially over the approaching holidays. Thank you doesn't seem to be enough...but T H A N K Y O U for your service!!
- Susan Branscum, Retired

Thank you.
- Cheryl Diane Copes, Veteran

A deep thanks of gratitude for all men and women who have served as soldiers or spouses -- your sacrifices are humbling.
- Dawn Nahlen, Military family

I joined the military during the Vietnam War and through the Gulf war. I'm retired Air Force and I am glad to have serve this wonderful country of our. I am an UAB employee and I have known only one other Veterans like me that sevred over 20 years in the Military at UAB. I'm sure there are more of us here. But how much, I don't know. I'm not asking for myself, but for all the unknown UAB Veterans employee. Why can't we have that one day off like so many other companies big or small around the nation?
Thank You
- Derek J. Gaboya, Retired

Thank you Warriors, Wounded Warriors and Fallen Warriors you are the Jewels making the stars shine so bright in our flag. Thank you for being the Special persons you are and Thank you for all that you do.
- Renee, Military family

Thanks for your bravery and dedication the the United States and the citizens that relies on your CARE.
- Lisa Milton

Thank you for defending our freedom. Please remember what you have done and what you are doing is greatly appreciated by many. God Bless you and your families.
- Pamela Taylor, Active Duty

Thank you for your generous service. It is greatly appreciated everyday.
- Erika Mack, Military family

I would like to thank all the veterans who serve and commit such a brave selfless act of pride and commitment to there country. My grandfather, father, and now brother all serve.
God Bless All of You!
- Christina M., active duty

Thank you for your selfless sacrifices and dedication to defending our liberties and way of life.
- Renwick Slaughter, Active duty

Thank you for all that you have done for our country. God Bless you all.
- Cindy Rowell

Thanks to everyone for their service. May we honor you all. God Bless!
- Rebecca Martin, Active duty

Thank you Dad and all veterans for the tremendous sacrifices you have made to defend our country and our freedom.
- J Banks, Military family

Thank you for what you have done, and what you continue to do for this country.
- Carly W.

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
- Elmer Davis


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