Like the saying goes, "Some gave All and All gave some".
Every person in the US Military, be it two years out of a life time, they should be considered a hero. They don't have to see combat for them to be doing something for their Country -- Our Country. They are giving a little of themselves so that others can be free.
Any loss is unacceptable, be it in combat action, training accident, or someone being hit by a car. These military personnel give of themselves every day. They don't ask for much in return, but we should give them what we can, even if it is here in a blog at Memoirs to just listen and know that your words do not fall on deaf ears.
Welcome home my friend.
Former 101st Airborne Div. (Ambl)
Phu Bai, Vietnam (now in Ohio)"