I was lucky in the fact that my service was peace time, between both Gulf wars. That said, I agree with both of you, in the fact that until you have spent the time away from all that you hold dear in your heart you can not truly understand the sacrifice given. Freedom is not free, it was paid for by the blood sweat and tears of those who answered a call to action. Thank you both for your service and may God Bless those who didn't come home.
Brian S Sanderson
USS Maryland 738 Blue Crew