As a citizen of the freest, greatest country in history, I express my gratitude for those who throughout our history, have paid the last full measure so that we, collectively, could enjoy the fruits of liberty.
Thank you also to the many men and women–among them, some of my friends–who even now defend the freedoms I hold so dear. May we, collectively, never take our liberty, or those who defend it, for granted.
Congressman Sam Johnson, Air Force vet, on what you can do (broken link) to support the troops this Memorial Day.
At last count, the Department of Veterans Affairs found 41,891,368 Americans have served in uniform during times of war since 1775.
651,030 Americans have died in battle to protect liberty at home and abroad, and an additional 539,079 Americans have died in the line of military duty.
3,447 of the United Statesâ€™ bravest have been awarded the Medal of Honor, our nationâ€™s highest tribute to military valor, since Congress authorized the decoration in 1861, per the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.