This past weekend I went to see "American Sniper" starring Bradley Cooper who portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. It follows his journey through basic training, his four tours overseas, and finally his struggle with PTSD. This movie is based on Kyle's story, a true story. Here's the trailer:
These two movies reminded me that war isn't fun and games. It's hard mentally, physically, and every other possible way you can imagine. They made me respect, even more, what those who volunteer to pay the ultimate sacrifice go through. They are the men and women who protect this country, the greatest country in the history of the world, so that you and I can go about our every day lives.
My Grandpa and late Great Uncle are part of what many people consider the "greatest generation." They were both in WWII. I can't even imagine what that must have been like. Today, several of my friends have gone off to fight a new kind of enemy. One that is willing to go to any means to destroy us (like today's terrible attack, where terrorists killed 12 in France because they didn't like the cartoons being drawn about Islam. CARTOONS!!)
Each and every one of you who are willing to put your life on the line to protect mine are my heroes and I, for one, can't thank you enough for your service and sacrifice. We, as a country, are forever in your debt. Because, let's face it, without you the bad guys would have already won.
Thank you for your service!