Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some truly incredible people, but unfortunately it is often under very difficult and painful circumstances. Even though some are either dealing with aggressive lung cancer or coping with the loss of a loved one from this horrible disease, one thing all of them seem to have in common is a need and capacity for hope.

It is right and proper that on Veterans Day we honor those who selflessly served our country, who bravely protected our freedoms, and who fearlessly confronted our enemies. On this day and throughout the year, we offer thanks to all veterans for all you have done and continue to do for your flag, your country and your fellow citizens.

In a series of recalls ominously similar to those made by General Motors earlier this year for a faulty ignition switch, 10 major vehicle manufacturers, including Honda and Toyota, have issued recalls on more than 7.8 million vehicles that may contain defective airbags that could explode on impact and shoot metal shrapnel at the occupants.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer might not have the same name recognition as breast or colon cancer, but of the top 25 cancer killers today, it’s the only one with a five-year survival rate at six percent.