I have always been impressed with the selflessness of those who serve our nation in this way, dedicating their lives to their work not just from 9am to 5pm, or for a 40, 50, or even 60 hour work week (as many of us do), but 24/7 for months and years on end. Service in the armed forces exacts a greater demand on the entirety of one's life than do other lines of work.
And for that I give thanks. Not only for those extraordinary moments when you put your life on the line in battle, but for the day-in-day-out sacrifice of self-determination that you make. Your sacrifice of daily self determination allows the rest of us to enjoy the self determination and freedoms promised to us in the Constitution.
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