Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day

I began Veterans Day before dawn. I showered for the first time in 2 days, because water is not an unlimited resource, and dressed myself in 70 pounds of combat gear. Wedged behind the wheel of an M1113 (armored HMMWV) we joined a convoy of medical professionals and drove to a nearby village where we set up a clinic in a small school. Approximately 500 people received free medical care in a safe environment because our Band of Brothers was willing to sacrifice our time away from family, some much coveted sleep, and several gallons of sweat.

That is what Veterans Day is all about, sacrificing for something greater than the individual, and carrying the torch for another generation.

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