Dear American Soldier,

In this century, your job is the most honorable of any, yet the least respected and one of the most underpaid. Your sacrifice to keep our country safe and preserve our rights, our flag, our freedoms and our National Anthem is beyond comprehension and without hesitation should be revered in every way. You are America’s hero; my hero.

It takes a special, amazing and courageous person to take on a minimum of four years at a job for such low pay where:

  • You will be out of touch with the outside world during six weeks of learning the basics
  • You do not know where you will be after your basic training
  • You do not know where you will be laying your head, where you will eat, when you will eat, or if you will be in a safe zone, or a war zone, and if in a war zone, if you will be captured and tortured
  • You may have a spouse when you return from duty, or you may not. Some marriages do not withstand the test of military life
  • You do not know if you will return from a mission in one piece, or if you will return at all
  • You do not know when you’ll be face to face with an enemy bent on destroying our nation and have to make the snap decision to end the enemy’s life

I could go on for pages, but you know personally the sacrifices of which I speak. Only the special few have the courage to take on such a job. The only thing I have to offer you in return for your sacrifices is my sincere gratitude for you laying your life on the line every day for my comfort, and my freedom to make this post. To you, all lives matter. Please know that my promise to you every time I am in the presence of the National Anthem, in honor of you and your service, and especially those who have lost limbs, have blemishes of war and suffer from PTSD as a result of the horrible things you have seen and experienced, and to those who have shed their blood and made the ultimate sacrifice, I will be standing at attention with my hand over my heart.

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” — Winston S. Churchill

“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.” — Claudia Pemberton