Yup tears did flow for this old NCO also! If only our Elected "Leaders" would change places with the all volunteer military for just one day, I thinks wars and rattling sabres would be replaced by real and thoughtful peace and prosperity once and forever. Curse them that do not value the lives they cast against our sworn enemies at least equally to those at rest peacefully in their homes.
I pray for the safe return of those we entrust with that which is most sacred to us, our life, liberty and rights to pursue happiness. Lastly, give the Warrior that has risked all to bring us victory against our enemies back their freedom to sleep in their own beds the moment they have earned it, lets not ask more from those that have accomplished their missions because politicians had hoped for more...