Today marks the fourteenth year since the terror attacks on New York and Washington that took 2,977 lives. Among those who died in the World Trade Center attack, 60 wore the badge and 343 were firefighters. Among the 184 who died at the Pentagon, 55 were active Military. Forty brave Americans died in Shanksville, Pennsylvania when they sacrificed their lives to bring down United Airlines Flight 93 rather than allow the terrorists to crash it into a vital target such as the U.S. Capitol or the White House.
Because the war on terror has involved many covert operations by US Special Forces and the CIA, there is no definitive total count of fatalities. Best estimates place the total number at 6,800 or more American military personnel who have lost their lives since 911. Of those fortunate enough to return home, scores have had to endure long and arduous recovery from second and third degree burns, broken bones, shrapnel wounds, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, paralysis, loss of sight and hearing, post-traumatic stress disorder and amputations. The failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver quality medical care to these brave men and women is a crime.
The Obama administration has turned its back on our military and veterans, but we the people will never abandon them on the battlefield they face when they come home. We will pray for and support them, and honor their sacrifice and service to our country. They are America’s true heroes, and we thank God for them on this day and every day.
Please share this message with every active duty service member and veteran you know, to express your thanks and ours. God bless every person who serves or has served in our military, and may the freedom they have fought for remain the legacy of every American.
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