You don't have to be one who checked their weapon out of the armory and engaged the enemy, you are someone who told your country "you first". For that, I am grateful and humbled. I remember coming back from the gulf in 91, everyone wanted to throw us a party as we got a 96 and headed down to Fort Lauderdale to get some r&r and have a good time...old men, Vietnam vets, everyone wanted to buy us a beer. The hotel comped our rooms and offered to throw us a party at the pool. We asked that they throw the party for the Vietnam vets and if we could pay for their rooms, most of them didn't sign up to fight for their country, we did. I always felt guilty when people thanked us, because so many gave so much more willingly, we knew it was part of the deal. Maybe it's me, but our Vietnam vets deserve that welcome home they never got. In any case, for whatever role you served in, thank you for standing up and giving back to this great country....many people take for granted the freedoms you taste so colorfully. Semper Fidelis.