If you're grateful for the life you and your family have today; for the opportunities America provides and the personal freedoms our Constitution guarantees, remember today that the life we love didn't happen by accident.

Freedom isn't free. It never has been and never will be. It is only because of the valor and dedication of our veterans and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice that we live today free from tyranny and threat.

So for today, let's forget about politics. Let's forget about economic woes and our many struggles and complaints big and small. Let's even postpone discussion of fuel prices too. Let's express our respect and gratitude to all veterans!

For all veterans, here's some information that may be helpful today as we salute you. At this link from Military.com you will find a list of Veterans Day discounts on goods, services and dining that have been announced for 2013: Veterans Day military discounts

Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

To all U.S. veterans, we salute your service and thank you!