Thank You U.S. Soldier!

Remember the FallenI guess it’s human nature to be focused upon one’s self. We carry on each day with our normal daily lives, getting up, having a cup of coffee, driving, taking the train, or bus to work, and go through our regular daily routines, and return home safely each evening to enjoy family, have dinner, and watch TV. We have it so easy as Americans, and we tend to take it for granted. That’s human nature…

As citizens of this great land, and for those of us who earn our living in a free enterprise society, we have someone to thank each and very day for the liberties and freedoms we enjoy, and so often take for granted. That person is a U.S. soldier.

If not for our military personnel we’d all be speaking German, Russian, or Japanese, or some other language, and be forced into working government controlled jobs that limit wages, and prevent us from following a career path of our own choosing. Every time you pick up that phone to make a cold call, or take public transportation to attend a sales meeting, I’d like you to pause and have a thought of gratitude for the men and women in our armed forces who have sacrificed their lives so that we can come and go as we please, and enjoy our lives in a free society.

Since 2001, 2,114 U.S. soldiers have paid for our freedom with their lives in Afghanistan. This month our nation lost three more proud U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and I’d like to take a moment to honor their memory.

The latest identifications reported by the military:

_Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur, Texas, died July 22, in Landstuhl, Germany, of a noncombat-related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan; assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

_Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio, died July 16, in Mushaka, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.

_ Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Ark., died July 14 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center following a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a scheduled port visit in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility; assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

Our sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those who gallantly served our nation and laid down their lives in defense of our own. Thank you U.S. soldier and God Bless America!

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