Senate District 30
Frank Hoagland
 
 
 
 
 
An Open Letter to my Fellow Veterans
November 9, 2018
I grew up knowing America as the greatest country in the world. Like many of you, my life began to take shape the day I suited up in defense of this great country. My Father was an Army Green Beret and he taught me that living in a free world was extremely costly. On his uniform he wore a flash that said "De Oppresso Liber," which means "To Free the Oppressed." He believed these words so much so that he lived his life to defend the United States of America and the freedoms we possess. 
 
My military career took me around the world and I will always remember how people would respond when I would say "I am an American!" They would smile and immediately demonstrate respect.
 
I write to you today as a fellow patriot and veteran, a man that loves this country more than I love myself.

Like many of you we have fought on the front lines for freedom, for liberty and our pursuit of happiness.

We are the Damn Few.

The Damn Few that volunteered to leave the comfort of our nation to defend it.

We understand it’s not about us, it’s about the person in front, to our right and to our left and the person behind us. It's the person who will shake your hand today and the child born to lead the next generation tomorrow.


So it’s days like today that we should remember and reflect on the price that was paid and the sacrifices to come to maintain our freedom.

 

On this Veteran's Day, many men and women will thank you, shake your hand and be grateful for your service to defend their families and their rights. May I encourage this to humble you today as a United States Veteran. Your service to this country is unmatched and it is priceless. If you are like me there are things you wish you could forget, memories you wish would fade and there are those that have marked your life in beautiful ways, may you be reminded of those today.

Always remember God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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