Two of my favorite songs are, “I just want to celebrate another day of living” by Rare Earth and “Life is a highway I want to ride it all day long” by Rascal Flatts.

“Why?” you ask. Why am I bringing up these songs now? Well, as my friends know, I recently had hip replacement surgery. It has given me time to reflect on life, love and the eternal pursuit of happiness.

I want to give a big shout out to my wife, daughter and son-in-law for all the support and help they’ve given me. To those who know me, they can tell you sometimes I can get a little irritable. As much as I try, sometimes that comes to the fore. To my lovely wife, Jan, I apologize.

Another shout out goes to my neighbors. During the big February snowstorm I looked out the window thinking, “How in the heck are we going to get that driveway cleared?” To my relief when I looked again on Saturday morning there were three snow blowers clearing the driveway and street. Additionally, Naperville Responds for Veterans sent a crew to see if they could help. I am truly blessed to have such good and caring friends and relatives.

My musings made me realize one fact: there is nowhere in the world I could get the kind of medical care I have gotten over the last five months than in the good old USA. A gigantic shout out to the DuPage Medical Group and Edward-Elmhurst Hospital. The care and professionalism shown to me and my wife were outstanding.

I will tell you I am in training for the 2018 Judd A Thon which will be held in September at Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 in Naperville. As you know it is a 0.1K grueling run. All proceeds benefit the VFW National Home for Children. I think the new hip will make me a winner.

To all Veterans if you haven’t signed up yet, I urge you to sign up for the Million Veteran Program. The VA collects genomic data that will benefit all Veterans present and future. Simply go to www.va.gov and in the search tab type in Million Veteran Program for all the details.