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As I prepare to travel to Ocean City to teach vehicle extrication, I am already thinking of how much I will miss my wife and two children. With traveling to teach this feeling arrives like clockwork. Then I had an epiphany. My thoughts instantly went to our troops and their families. I am leaving for a couple days to teach something that I am very passionate about, as I truly believe it saves lives. However, I cannot fathom the feeling of leaving my family to be deployed for an unknown amount of time in a dangerous and unknown location. This thought hit me hard and with  that I want to relay an upmost respect for OUR troops AND their families. With that said I want to challenge all of my Tactical Advantage followers and fire service friends to share your prayers and well wishes to deployed soldiers today. However, it does not end there. Think of those sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers who have spent time away from their love ones for our freedom!  Yes…OUR FREEDOM! When you are comfortably driving in your vehicle or snuggled close to your families at night, let us remember them and the sacrifices they make DAILY! I truly feel that I owe a debt of gratitude to the troops who have paid the ultimate price, and to those who return from the battlefield. May you all take a moment and think of our soldiers, their families, and our freedom that we so often take for granted.

Be strong and courageous, for the lord will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

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Comment by Bobby Halton on June 13, 2014 at 2:51pm

Isaac,

Great post especially on the 200 anniversary of the poem "Defense of Fort McHenry"which would later become our Star-Spangled Banner and tomorrow June 14 Flag Day. As the parent of a soldier I greatly appreciate you saying what you said and how you set it. God bless and thank you

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