As someone who has had three family members serve our nation in uniform, I want to take some time to say thank you to our men and women who fight for our freedoms.
I have had a uncle serve in the Marines, and had one cousin serve in the Navy while another served in the Army.
Last year, my cousin who served in the Army SPC Nathaniel Heiden received an honorable medical discharge from the Army. SPC Heiden served in Operation Iraqi Freedom before back problems cut his tour of duty short. I am very thankful that he came back home safe and proud to call him one of our own heroes right here in Wisconsin. Nathan, thank you for your service to this nation and best wishes for good health in the years ahead.
Also, on this Veterans Day I want to say to a good friend of mine Chris Blair of Appleton who is stationed at Camp Liberty that thoughts and prayers are with you. Blair graduated from West Point in 2008 and played college hockey for the Army Black Knights. Blair went to where I went to high school at Appleton North and was an excellent hockey player for Appleton United which is the team for Appleton East, North, and West. Blair is in the beginning of a 8 year service commitment after graduating from West Point. Despite he will not play in the NHL ending his hockey career last year, I know that Blair in the best of his ability will use the lessons he has learned on the rink to protect our naton. Thank you Chris for your sacrifice and for your service.
As the Fort Hood tragedy trumps this Veteran’s Day it has made us think seriously again about what these people do to protect us half a world away. For those who lost someone and remembering them on this day, thoughts and prayers are with you. For those fighting, we are thinking about you. Let us not forget today on Veteran’s Day.