(BPT) - Each of us, as citizens of the United States of America, wake up each day and go about our lives and schedules. Not one person here is the same, and none of us live the same life as the person next to us. What each and every one of us do share are our fundamental rights and freedoms. Not only that, we share the reason why we are granted those rights and freedoms day in and day out: our veterans. To simply say thank you to the brave men and women who have served, and are currently serving, this great country will never be enough. And, although we honor and remember all of our veterans every November on Veterans Day, that does not do justice to their service.

Though all of our veterans had different military experiences, serving at different times, deploying to different locations, fighting different battles and learning different lessons, they are all heroes, and all have immense pride in serving this country. Here is what being a veteran means:

Nick Bare - Army

'I am proud of my time in the military, the people I have met, the experience it created and the mentorship I gained. It taught me a lot about leadership, especially working with non-commissioned officers in the Infantry. I am extremely proud to live in the United States, be an American and of course live in TEXAS.'

Mike Cain - Army (Purple Heart recipient)

'[It has] been a godsend and the greatest thing I've ever done with my life. It is something I can be proud of and my family could be proud. I would still do anything and put my life on the line for this country.'

Dan Hansmeier - Marine Corps

'Being a veteran means that I hold myself to a high standard, the standard instilled in me throughout the arduous and attrition rated training and combat that I went through. It means that I don't make excuses and that I seek realistic and thorough solutions to everything in my daily life that I encounter. Being a veteran means that society should hold me to a higher standard as well; there are incredibly weak people who love the victim society mentality; I am not that man, nor should veterans be thought of as that.'

With Veterans Day right around the corner, keep in mind the reason you are able to do and enjoy all of your day-to-day activities. Without our brave men and women serving, this would most certainly not be the case. They have done their part and now, we need to do ours. Here at the Purple Heart Foundation we are committed to honoring all of our heroes, and it is our goal to help make the transition from the battlefield to the home front a smooth one for all of our men and women in uniform who defend our freedom. Show your support for them by making a one-time or monthly pledge to make sure they continue to receive the support and benefits they deserve.