There have been suggestions that certain jobs attract people with ADHD, while others would seem to repel us. The attractant used would seem to be adventure. Thus it is estimated that there are higher percentages of people with ADHD in some groups defined by occupation than there are in the general population.
Some of those groups include emergency response personnel such as police, firemen and women, EMTs and ambulance attendants and emergency room personnel.
Another group would be people who are incarcerated. Being locked up isn’t really a job, but it is where people whose jobs are less than legal tend to congregate.
But more important today is the fact that another place where it has been suggested that there is a higher percentage of people with ADHD than the norm is in the armed forces.
Today I don’t want to talk about ADHD, nor ADHD in relation to occupation. Today isn’t the day to go poking into the details of symptoms and situations. Today is the day to consider nothing more, or less, than that these men and women who choose to defend our countries and ourselves should be acknowledged.
If you know me you know that I am a pacifist. And you also know that I don’t believe that war is a valid solution to differences of any kind. But I would have to be a fool to say I don’t believe in war. It exists, it is, there is no denying it.
And I place the responsibility for modern and current war squarely at the feet of the world leaders whose differing opinions are the reasons that war is engaged in.
But on the ground where the blood is shed and the brave are lost or are burdened with the knowledge that they have caused the loss of other brave souls, none of my pacifism is relevant. And I would not take anything away from those who defend and guard us.
So today, my only message is to say thank you to those men and women who do not ask “why”, and who do not ask “why me”, but who only ever ask “where next”.
Thank you to those of you who have a family, but still go. Thank you to those of you who have no family, but still go. Thank you to those of you who fight for the nation in which you were born, and to those of you who fight for the nation you or your parents chose.
Thank you to those of you who survived, and to those of you who laid down your lives.
Thank you, to all of you, to each and every one of you.
We will never comprehend our debt.