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.