America’s Military: Serving Those Who Serve Us
Every night of every day, Americans sleep in peace because of men and women they’ve never met — and some they’ll never have the chance to. Even today, as our troops fight the faraway forces of terror, there are still flag-draped caskets returning to Dover Air Force Base. There are still fresh graves watered by families’ tears at Arlington and across America. And while other veterans suffer from wounds no eye can see, millions of others stand ready, willing to give “the last full measure of devotion” to let strangers pursue the freedom and happiness so many served to give us.
Only a tiny fraction of our population, less than one percent, shoulders that burden of fear and sacrifice. And they shoulder it for us. These are good and decent young men and women who have performed remarkable acts of heroism for a cause they have decided is bigger than themselves. Let’s hope that this week’s election of a commander-in-chief who respects the selflessness of our military is a huge boost to the millions of families and service members who give all to defend the democracy we exercised Tuesday.
To help in the vital task of rebuilding our military, FRC, along with a coalition of organizations, launched MilitaryFreedom.org, a resource on all topics related to military religious freedom. The website highlights related news, features military religious freedom resources, and shares various petitions on behalf of veterans and current members of the military. FRC’s Lt. General Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.) hopes the website will be a tool for all Americans to aid in the defense of our military members’ First Amendment rights. “I am hopeful that in the new Trump administration military religious freedom will become a top policy priority.”
Then, putting the spotlight on his fellow vets, he went on to say that, “Despite the rancor and chaos that some are attempting to incite, let us take a moment instead to focus on the best of us today, veterans. We honor those who have served and answered the call to defend this country and our freedom. We are grateful for the men and women who answered the question in Isaiah 6:8: ‘I heard the Lord’s voice, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am. Send me.'”
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