My name is Brett Smith, I am a father, a full time student studying Criminal Justice, a board operator, website manager & On Air for HOT 975, but, something you may not know is that I am a Veteran of the Iraq War.

I just wanted to take the time to share with you  what Veteran's Day means to me .The men and women serving in the military are doing one of the most noble of deeds both overseas and stateside...protecting our Freedom and our way of life.

I have a lifelong brotherhood of brave men who were in basic training with me, who were by my side when bullets whizzed by our heads and explosions rocked our vehicles, and those who paid the ultimate price for Freedom. On Veteran’s Day I take the time to remember them, either by giving them a call, sending them a Facebook message, or saying a prayer for those who are no longer with us. I think of those who fought in past wars and how their actions have impacted the way we live today. When I see someone in uniform, I take the time to shake their hands and thank them for their continued service.

Take a moment out of your day to silently say ‘thank you’ to our brave men and women who are serving in the military. If you see a service-member in uniform, shake their hands if you are feeling up to it. A simple nod will also work! Another thing you could do, go to Applebee’s on Veteran’s Day and buy round of beers. I’ll be there and I won’t stop you…just kidding!

I want to say thank you for your continued support for our service members. I see a lot of yellow ribbon decals, magnets, and t-shirts around Bismarck-Mandan. We live in a patriotic community and as a Veteran; I am very appreciative of all the support!

I render my salute to all these men and women, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen both past, present and future that have and will defend this great country we know as the United States of America!