Hey Kid: Veterans

You come from a long line of distinguished men that served in the US Armed forces.  Your grandfather (Chick) was in the Army during the Korean Conflict and my brother Jon served in the Marine Corps for 30 years.  These are only two examples of the heroes in our family.  There are countless others and still more who formed a brotherhood with them as they fought to defend your freedom.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." -- Ronald Reagan

Each generation will be called upon to defend the freedom and the democracy that we hold so dear.  Some will be called to the ultimate sacrifice for your well-being.  That might be you.  I hope not, but if you are called, I pray you serve with honor and dignity.  For those who remain behind, make sure you appreciate and honor those who would go to battle for you.  Our nation is filled with men and women who have sacrificed much on your behalf.  The best way to thank them is to live your life in a manner that respects what has been done for you.  Earn the gift of freedom and appreciate every moment of it.