I am not a soldier. I can’t talk personally of the sacrifices of those who have served, as they have not been my sacrifices. I’m thankful for them, but I do not know them personally.
I have an interest (and degree) in history, so I have sought out books on military histories, both of the generals and the soldiers. One of the best books I’ve ever read is about Afghanistan, written by Jack Tapper.
The book is “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.”
It is one of the most powerful accounts of war I’ve ever read and sheds light on the challenges our troops have faced in this war, now the longest in American history.
I suggest you get it and read or listen to it. I may just give you a sense of appreciation for what has happened over there, so far away and so little commented on.
I’d also like to say “Thank you” to those who have served and continue to serve this nation I call home.