We've come a long way. Credit is due to our rank and file military members. The folks who committed themselves to this strugle, persevered when things were down, never gave up, and now may begin to recognize the friuts of their labor. Proud it is they should be!
The experience and knowledge gained by the men and women of the military is invaluable. Take for instance SSG Zacchary Foust serving in his fourth combat tour. If SSG Foust decides to stay in the military for his career, he will be an outstanding leader, teacher and roll model to new generations of soldiers. If SSG Foust decides to leave the military for a civilian career, his leadership, character and self confidence will be a benefit to future employers or employees.
I never lost faith in the men and women of our military, even in the bleakest hours when the media had abandoned Iraq as a lost cause, the majority leader of the US Senate declared the Iraq war lost, and the surge was an idea yet to be implemented. That faith has been thoroughly justified.
To Iraq war veterans in particular, and the men and women of the military in general, I say job well done.
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