As we get together this Veterans Day, it is an honor to have served my country and to have worn the uniform of the US Army. I was a Soldier by choice, but an American by the grace of God.

As we get together in many places to salute our nation’s Veterans. On the anniversary of Armistice Day, we pause to remember the brave men and women who served, and sometimes died for, our country. We remember the other men & women we’ve served alongside, lifelong friends who have the common bond of enduring hardships, pain, and even loss, as we served together something we considered priceless – the defense of our country. I feel privileged and honored to be part of a group that has done so much for so many.

So, whether it’s chatting with Veterans from WWII or hearing war stories with those fresh from today’s battlefields, sometimes I get to shake the hands of some real heroes.  This is why I’m proud…I am proud to be an American; I am proud to be a Veteran.

On Veterans Day, be sure to pause and remember the many Americans who have served and their Families, some gave the Ultimate Sacrifice for all of our Freedom.