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A tribute to our military heroes

by R. Kaye Sass
6th Medical Support Squadron

As an American, I am proud of our men and women in uniform. When I look back and reflect on the past, I can't help but remember when my father, father-in-law and uncles served tours in Vietnam and how they were treated when they returned home. They didn't come home to a heroes welcome; rather they were welcomed with scorn by our own citizens. We have come a long way since those sad days.

I come from a large military family that dates back to the Revolutionary War. I am proud to say my immediate family makes up over 100 years of active duty service. I am proud to be an American!

I know if it were not for those who served in the past and those who serve now, I would not have the freedom to sit and write my thoughts today. To my own husband, father, father-in-law, brother and sister-in-laws, uncles, great-uncles and grandfathers, thank you for instilling that American pride in me. I am proud to serve my country as a civil servant and proud of those I serve with. God bless all of you.

Since 1991 I have seen a rebirth of pride for those who serve the country we all call home. I sometimes wonder why the veteran's of Vietnam didn't receive the heroes welcome our troops receive today. Has it just taken our country that long to realize that the men and women who wear the uniform really do make the difference? I think so. I just wish that my father and other loved ones had lived to experience the rebirth of patriotism in our great country.

My wish for all the men and women in uniform is to know that as an American, I am proud of all of you and the many sacrifices you make. The sacrifices all of you make are the reason we can sleep easier at night.

I salute each of you and would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are all one family and I am glad to work along side each of you.

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