How do you thank a Veteran? What words can be used to thank someone who has been willing to answer the call to defend the sanctity of freedom around the world? How do you thank someone who has been willing to leave their home, their wives and husbands, their children, their mothers and fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends, and their jobs to do what my dad called that "dirty, nerve shattering work," all in the name of freedom and the safety of others. Since the founding of our country, there have been men and women willing to put their life on hold and enter uniformed service? How can you tell them that the sacrifices they made on your behalf have a meaning that has earned something greater than a simple thank you? Whether their service was in times of war or in times of peace, in combat or in administrative work, whether they served in our own country or on the shores of some distant and God forlorn nation, whether they agreed with US policies or strongly disagreed, whether they carried an M14 or a computer, whether they made a career of their military service or were a short timer, I want them to know that this American will always view them all as heroes. I hope they all know that the simple words "Thank You" will have to suffice because there are no others.