Dear Fellow Veterans,
As we approach Veterans Day, a day dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have served in the United States military, I find myself reflecting on my own journey and the countless sacrifices made by my brothers and sisters in arms. With over two decades of service in the US Air Force, including multiple tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Freedom Sentinel, and various remote assignments across the globe, I've witnessed firsthand the challenges and hardships that come with military life.
This Veterans Day, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. The early mornings, the late nights, the missed birthdays, anniversaries, and the precious moments with family sacrificed at the altar of freedom and duty – these are the silent testimonies of your love for our nation.
To those who have served in combat, your courage under fire and unwavering commitment to your fellow soldiers is the epitome of heroism. Your stories, often untold, are etched in the history of our great nation. You've faced adversities that many can scarcely imagine, and yet, you've carried forth with resilience and honor.
To those who served in support roles, know that your contributions were just as crucial. The success of military operations doesn't just rest in the hands of those on the front lines but also in the steadfast support of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes.
To the families of our veterans, your role cannot be overstated. Your unwavering support, endless love, and sacrifices have been the backbone of our strength. You've kept the home fires burning, and for that, we are eternally grateful.
This Veterans Day, let us also remember those who never made it back home. Their ultimate sacrifice is a sobering reminder of the cost of freedom. We honor their memory and commit to carrying forward the values for which they bravely fought.
To my fellow veterans, thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your unwavering commitment to our nation. Your dedication to duty, country, and each other is a beacon of hope and strength. As we celebrate this Veterans Day, let's stand together in solidarity, honoring our past, celebrating our present, and looking forward to a future where the legacy of our service continues to shine brightly.
With deepest gratitude and respect,