Friday, November 11, 2011

Patriot

Today is Veteran's Day.  When I think about the fact that was born in the US at the end of the 20th-beginning of the 21st century, as opposed to the Bavarian hills during the middle of the Black Death, I am really quite amazed at my luck.  When I think about the folks that willingly go off to battle to defend our country and protect our interests overseas again I am struck by how lucky I am.  Thanks to all that serve or served.

One guy in particular stands out.  I work with a guy named Joe.  Joe did a tour in Iraq in 2003-2004.  He did prisoner transports through IED-infested dirt roads.  He survived.  Then he came back, went to law school, got married and had two kids.  When asked if he wanted to re-up he said yes.  This time he had a job and a family.  But always the consummate patriot he did not hesitate when his country came asking for a second time.  Then in 2009 he was tapped for another tour of duty, all the while with a third child on the way.

He is a great lawyer, a good friend, and the epitome of the family man.  He is also a great soldier and one reason why, whenever we go out into the world, even amongst our enemies, people still want to come to America.  Whatever our current problems are, guys like Joe show the kindness, the perserverance, and the humility that makes our country great and a beacon to those less fortunate around the world.

Thanks Joe.  Thanks also to my favorite veteran--my father in law Dom.  And thanks to all that serve.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more. These men and women all have my utmost respect. Great story about your friend Joe as well.

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