There are a lot of men in my life who have served - my grandfather, my father, my father-in-law and now my brother in-law.
At Miles' preschool most of the families are military and many of those mom's who drop their kids off 3 days a week, are doing it all on their own while their husbands are deployed for 12 -15 months. Most of them are not from Arkansas and do not have family around to help - they only have each other, the school, their churches and friends.
I am surrounded by people whose lives have been and still are affected by war, and all things military.
From what I can tell it is not an easiest way to live. It is not a convenient choice; Military life is not predictable, or even conducive to a "normal" family life most times. But I see the dedication of so many people who serve. I see how there are people who are dedicated to serving our country - no matter what that looks like, because it is their job and their choice. They are committed in a way that seems unfathomable to me, but that makes me so very grateful at the same time. I am so grateful that there are people who are willing to make sacrifices - here at home and abroad- because they are simply serving our country. For that I am truly grateful today.
To all all who have served, and continue to serve thank you. To all who have encouraged and supported those who have served, thank you also.