a poem to communicate what it means to be a veteran

I AM A VETERAN

by Chaplain (COL) Paul Swerdlow, USA, Retired

the final verse 

“From Ground Zero to the Pentagon to the fields of Pennsylvania,

 I saw the carnage and heard the cries. At that moment,

I pledged my life, my property and my sacred honor

Until there will be peace and freedom on earth

For everyone, everywhere.

I am a veteran.”

entire poem available here