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    Posted March 13, 2014 by
    Windsor, Colorado
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    Defending Freedom For 3 Generations

    Our families service to our country began with my father, who served as part of a B-17 Bomber crew, flying raids over Nazi Germany in WWII. Given that the life expectancy of a B-17 crew was 12-14 missions, it's a miracle he returned alive.

    I joined the Air Force in 1979, in the shadow of Vietnam, a time when being a member of the military was looked down on by many and largely ignored by the rest. My proudest was when my Commander & Chief and true Liberty-loving Patriot Ronald Reagan told the Soviets to "Tear Down This Wall!" Although my fellow military members of that era had few benefits, we all share the honor of being part of the fighting force that won the Cold War.

    Both my sons followed me into the Air Force. My eldest serving for 8 years, before being medically discharged for injuries sustained while in service. My youngest continues to serve and hopes to be the first commissioned officer in our family.

    For us, there has been and will be no higher honor, than defending Liberty and the Freedom so many have given their lives for. It is my sincere hope that America "wakes up" and Veterans and Citizens alike defend this Great Republic, while it still stands... One Nation, Under God, With Liberty & Justice For All! Amen.
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