I am new here and I have noticed that there are a number of soldiers and veterans that are members of this forum. I would like to send out a BIG THANKYOU. I do not care if it's been said a million times. As long as we have a free country, and those who would fight for it, this can never be said enough. I have never served myself. However a man or woman who would willingly give of themselves, through sweat, tears, pain, blood, lim, and life if need be, deserves the utmost respect of anyone who lives within these borders and you will always have mine. Whether or not I agree with the directive of the soldier is beside the point. A soldier is given orders to carry out and is duty bound to do so. That is a fact that many remain willingly ignorant of in our country and chastise the soldier while apllauding his commander. Either way, I respect the one wearing the boots who would walk through hell so that I may have my freedom. I will not simply say thanks for your service because it's more than that. To give up your own freedom for a time in exchange for duty and service to your country shows the character of a man or woman. You must have the character or the service will be lacking and for this I solute you.