Sunday, November 4, 2012

Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes

I know we have one more week before Veteran’s Day, but I just had to post about our precious Veterans.

I have no immediate family members that are vets, yet I treasure our vets. The sacrifices, the burdens they’ve carried and the families left behind are amazing. I wish I could personally thank and love on each and every one of them.

On my web site I have a tab labeled Fallen Heroes. I post regularly those soldiers that have been killed in combat. I do this to honor them, their families and to draw attention to these wonderful heroes. I keep using the word hero over and over because I can find no other word that comes close.

I get my information from I would encourage you to visit the site, view the heroes and pray for their families.

Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn are the three conflicts reported.

Operation Enduring Freedom - (OEF) is the official name used by the U.S. government for the War in Afghanistan, together with a number of smaller military actions, under the umbrella of the Global "War on Terror"

Operation Iraqi Freedom - The Iraq War was an armed conflict in Iraq that consisted of two phases. The first was an invasion of Ba'athist Iraq by the United States and the United Kingdom, starting on March 20, 2003.

Operation New Dawn - Operation New Dawn may refer to the U.S. armed forces' involvement in the Iraq War after August 2010, or one of several other military operations.

Here is some sobering information:

L  As confirmed by the US Central Command there have been 6600 precious souls lost since the beginning of these conflicts in 2001.

L  This is the breakdown by branches:
               Air Force: 143
               Army: 4780
               Coast Guard: 1
               Marine Corps: 1456
               Navy: 220

L  Death by Ages:
               18 – 22: 2412
               23 – 28: 2303
               28 – 35: 1370
               35 – 45: 769
               45+: 144

L  Death by Conflicts:
               Operation Enduring Freedom: 2130
               Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4403
               Operation New Dawn: 67

L  This year 286 heroes have left this world for you and for me.

There is one week left until Veterans Day. What can you do for a vet?

If you see a man or woman in uniform go out of your way to thank them – personally.

Volunteer at the veteran’s hospital or facilities near you.

Pray daily for our men and women.

Most importantly VOTE on Tuesday.

Immeasurable amounts of blood have spilled in payment for this freedom. Please do not take it lightly. After all they’ve done, the least we can do is get out and vote.
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  1. Nice. We do a special program on Memorial Day in our community, honoring vets and laying flags.

  2. Nice post and really good reminder for us. Thank you.

  3. Nice post. I especially found the stats portion informative. I'd never heard of the military site, so I checked that out for the first time.

    Great reminder that Veterans' Day is approaching. Thanks.

  4. The worst part was seeing the deaths in my sons' age groups. My heart goes out to the parents and loved ones of those young men and women, and all the others who volunteered to go into harm's way.


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