Today, my 21 year old nephew Derek will leave for his first tour of duty in Iraq. He has followed in the footsteps of his Uncle Jon and is a proud member of the United States Marine Corps. We were able to visit with him briefly in November and I was amazed at the young man he had become. I am incredibly proud of him and all of the young men that serve our country in the armed forces. They truly are heroes. What a blessing it is that these soldiers are willing to risk their lives for my freedom. Derek will bring my focus back to the soldiers. I ask that you remember him and all of our heroes in your thoughts and prayers. I will give you updates as I receive them. God speed Derek and Semper Fi.