By Congressman Don Young
November 11, 2007
Last month I had the pleasure of welcoming home the Third Battalion, 297th Infantry Brigade of the Alaska National Guard as they returned from Iraq and Kuwait. These brave men and women fought against all odds, in a climate some feared they could not cope with, and brought every one of their deployed soldiers back home. The pride I feel in them cannot be put into words.
Now we await the safe return of the entire 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Ft. Richardson, making their way back from Iraq. They have been there for fifteen months while their families have been patiently anticipating their return. My prayers are with each and every one of them.
Our Nation's veterans and their families are an incredibly special group of people. They are people whose love of their country is so great that they are willing to put themselves in harm's way to defend it. Without them, we are nothing and with them, we have everything.
I extend my heartfelt appreciation
to every soldier past and present who has chosen to serve their
country and its people, to keep us the strong union we are.
Thank you and God bless.
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