I would like to take a moment to thank our brave troops who serve and protect the United States of America.
Since I’ve been in Iraq, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a few soldiers and marines and to see them in action. Many of these troops are 18 or 19 year old kids who have accepted more responsibilities than most people ever will. These young men and women are phenomenal and deserve the utmost respect. Two of my colleagues are former military offices who also served in Iraq and Afghanistan. When they tell war stories, they literally tell war stories. I am constantly amazed by the things they have experienced. They faced death on many occasions in order to make America a safer place.
Imagine being separated from your family for 15 months at a time. Now imagine living in a desert thousands of miles away where you are surrounded by bad guys who want to kill you. This is the life that many of our troops live each day. I complained about having to come over here, but after seeing what our troops endure on a daily basis, I was ashamed of my selfishness.
As of Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at least 4,171 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is two less than the Defense Department’s tally. The latest death occurred while I was here. On Tuesday, a soldier was killed by small-arms fire southeast of Baghdad. Since the start of U.S. Military operations in Iraq, 30,662 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action.
Regardless of how you feel about the war or the President’s policies, you must appreciate the sacrifice that our troops are making for the U.S. So take the time to thank a solider for his or her hard work. Americans owe it to them.
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