My son's unit deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2009. All of these men were volunteers. Most of them raised their right hand and swore an oath after 9/11. To join the military at this point, knowing you will most likely be deployed to a combat zone is enough to make someone very proud that these young men exist.
My son's unit returned from Afghanistan this week.Seven families in his unit won't get the homecoming they had dreamed of. Seven men raised their right hand, took an oath, accepted the risks and gave all. These seven men made promises and they kept them. When these men died, I made promises to their families (if I was able to be in touch) or just to myself that I would remember them always. These men kept their promises. I am keeping mine.