MTYT: Veteran appreciation

By Gary McNair - bio|email

I don't think it's any coincidence that Veterans Day and Thanksgiving fall in the same month.  As Americans we owe a big debt of gratitude to our military.

Each week, I have the ability to stand here and speak freely about whatever is on my mind because brave men and women sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, to protect our freedoms.

I wonder how many people remember that not everyone had the choice on whether or not to serve.  We haven't had a military draft for nearly forty years.  I think it's pretty special that we have a volunteer military that is second to none.

Thousands of people thought so much of this country and our freedoms that they made the choice to step up and serve.    Most have had to leave their families and travel to brutal environments half-way around the world, putting their lives on the line to preserve our way of life.  That can't be easy.

I have very few regret, but one of them is that I did not volunteer for military service.  However, that doesn't keep me from being patriotic or thankful.

To those of you who made the decision to serve, and to those of you who remain among us who served because you were forced to, I salute you and I thank you for all you have done and are doing for this great country.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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