My little brother, who at thirty-one years old will always be my 'little' brother, is currently deployed in Iraq. He joined up for a lot of reasons, but at the end of the day, it had to do with a fundamental sense of duty. He felt called to serve and protect.
I am extremely grateful to him and to all those who serve and have served our nation. I'd also like to take this opportunity to recommend to my readers a little documentary called "The Way We Get By" available to watch free on Hulu when last I checked, which I found extraordinarily moving.
As a country, we owe more to our vets than they get from us. Please consider that the next time you are thinking about who to vote for in an election. Really ask yourself -- which of these candidates supports veterans programs, like affordable housing, job reintegration, mental health care and counsel, medical care, and education benefits? Then ask yourself if you could see leaving everything you have and all the people you love for years at a time to risk your life in service for any cause. Then vote accordingly.