This has been a challenging month and a challenging year for me. But, as I write these words so early on this Christmas morning, my friend Tom Batiuk reminds me of folks whose challenges are so much more difficult than mine.
Not every one of America's defenders are lucky enough to come home for the holidays. Some will never come home for the holidays again. Some will carry the scars of their service throughout their lives. And their families will grieve and will carry those scars as well.
We ask such sacrifice of such a small percentage of Americans and we don't come close to doing right by them. In a country beset by woes...in a country where the avaricious wealthy grow ever more so at the expense of all others...in a country where some still condemn some of our citizens because of who they love, even when those citizens have served our nation proudly...let us remember our brave defenders on this Christmas day.
In the new year, even as we deal with all those other woes, let us always keep the men and women of our armed forces in the forefront of our thoughts and prayers. Let us always do right by them. Let us truly thank them for their service.
Merry Christmas to all.