Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saluting all U.S. soldiers today

Technically speaking, the tens of thousands of men and women serving in the United States armed forces are not veterans. They are active duty members of our Military Services branches, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

I want the members of each and branch to live to veteran status, but we all know the reality.

Still, Veterans Day is the perfect day to honor the men and women who have lost their lives or are risking their lives defending this country.

We are safer because of them. It really is as simple as that.

A week ago, we learned that there are no safe havens for soldiers abroad or at home. I appreciate the sacrifices they have made and will make and I want this government to do everything possible to ensure that safety measures are maximized so we can avoid another Fort Hood incident and so more soldiers can live long lives after service.

Stay safe.


  1. David has passed away. Please contact his family at 773-886-7477 or 732-905-2016. R.I.P.

  2. Dave, you're in my thoughts and will be missed.
    Good reporter. Good boss. Good friend.
    Bill K
    NH Register

  3. David, reading your blog has given me the opportunity to get to know you all over again. Ive been reading all day, I have laughed, cried, and traveled through this journey with you..You were a great man, one who will truly be missed..

    RIP, cousin

    Kisha McClendon

  4. To David's family. David's wonderful reporting of his struggles and triumphs have brought comfort and hope to so many with the disease, and their families as well. He touched many lives and he will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  5. To David's Family:

    I am so, so sorry. I knew David in Chicago and kept in touch when he went back home. I chatted with him in late October and the last thing he said was how much better he seemed to be doing.
    I made a trip out east in November and tried to reach him to see him, but was worried when I didn't hear from him. I'd been checking the blog to see how he was and never thought to check the comments.
    I'm still shocked, and my greatest sympathy to his family.

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