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I think of the American soldiers of today... those fighting in the Middle East... and those who have paid the price: over 4,000, thus far. That’s a heavy price. Yet, it is only one tenth of the price in lives that our generation paid in Vietnam. That’s a big difference... a huge difference. But here is the significance: today’s warriors volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way. They chose to assume the risk. Veterans of our generation, and the one preceded it, can make no claim to such nobility.


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These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.

                                -- Thomas Paine, “The Crisis,” December 23, 1776

The more I read about the amazing sacrifices of those who created this great country, the more astonished and grateful I am. The soldiers in our noble fight for freedom could not look forward to anything known as "veterans' benefits." Many were not paid for months at a time. What little "health care" was available to them often did more harm than good.

And even if they prevailed, they knew not what to expect. What security would they lose by breaking the ties to England? And what benefits would they gain?

Freedom. That's all. They did not know exactly what freedom might entail. But this elusive concept of freedom was their objective. And for that, they risked "their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor."

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