This weekend, please take a moment to remember those who have served us, those who do so today, and those whose dedication in scouring the globe for our soldiers shows that "no man left behind" is far more than an expression.
I had been covering veterans' issues for several years and thought I'd developed a thick skin. But the pain on the other end of the telephone line as Sergeant Chuck Luther told me his story was difficult to stomach.
In preparation for a panel discussion being held as part of the celebration of Lincoln's bicentennial, I began wondering how the holidays were viewed in Lincoln's time--particularly early in the Civil War.
America ships soldiers off to Afghanistan and Iraq for free. If you come back in a body bag, they ship that back for free, too. However, we make families who send soldiers socks, food and underwear pay shipping costs.