I had the privilege of working on a resarch study being done by the Pentagon a few years back, and hopefully I am not breaking the confidentiality clause I signed by stating that we were talking to veterans of the first Gulf War.
I was impressed by their humility and sincerity, and overall, their acceptance of their mission to serve the United States, no matter what the personal cost. And from some of the stories I heard, for some the cost was far greater than most people would be able to bear.
Ladies and gentlemen, it was an honor to speak with you. I will never forget you, nor any one else who has chosen to serve their country so nobly.