Let me tell you why, because I really don't matter. How much louder can I say this to people until they understand me completely, not just on the cover of the Topeka Magazine but in general. Each day I set forth doing what every other American could, should and can still do, Honoring our Veterans. The men and women who truly matter! The ones who were drafted or the ones who volunteered to serve their country to help keep their friends and family from harms way. Those are the people who matter and all I do is help show that support by rallying up civilians who want to support but don't know how or grouping the families together as a unity and promoting the positivity in the world we all choose to live in today.
It is easier to read my statement below and understand why my head is showing and not my face.... To those of you who get it, Thank you! To all of you who do not, Thank you! Regardless if you do or do not it doesnt matter, the fact is you took time to care and I appreciate that.
"Today I was approached by someone who saw the magazine cover for Topeka magazine and asked me why is your back to the camera?
The answer is simple ... I never asked for this life, nor the spotlight. I chose to stay by Jamie's bedside through sickness & health, carry on a memory, the dying wish of my husband, assist active duty service members & veterans, create a veterans parade and give away every last penny of Jamie's life insurance to veterans in need.
The veterans, volunteers, capital of Kansas and American Flag matter the most in this photo, because without them I wouldn't be able to do what I voluntarily do everyday to have a story.. "
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My name is Melissa Jarboe, military spouse, wounded warrior wife and war widow. Today and everyday moving forward, I will honor the sacrifice of our men and women who selflessly serve our nation.