My thoughts are a bit scattered today as we celebrate the Veterans and all they have done and continue to do for our great country.  For those of you who didn’t know, my parents are from the Philippines and my mother was actually born in Tacloban, the city that was the most affected by Typhoon Haiyan.  Although most of our family has since migrated to Manila or to America, we still have some distant relatives and friends that live in Tacloban.  Yesterday was a big day of relief as we finally got word that 2 of my cousins had made it back to Manila safely after being out of communication for the prior 3 days.

Now that Typhoon Haiyan has passed, recovery and relief efforts have begun and once again the United States has supplied aid.  While this sounds like what America always does when a foreign country is faced with tragedy, the boots on the ground that are tasked with doing the actual aiding are often overlooked.  It seems ironic that on Veterans Day, a day where we are telling our troops to take a break, it is our troops that are sacrificing their time and energy to help the people of the Philippines.

I cannot say enough about these brave men and women who do volunteer job and ask for little in return.  From the bottom of my heart and the hearts of all my family, a most sincere thank you to those that have served and continue to serve the greatest nation on earth.

– Mike

Trees and electric post destroyed by typhoon in the Philippines

Saatteki hızı zaman zaman 380 kilometreye çıkan Haiyan tayfununun vurduğu Filipinler’de bir insanlık dramı yaşandı. Evsiz barksız, aç susuz halk, ceset kokuları arasında günlerce çaresiz yardım bekledi.15 Kasım 2013

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