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Tonight is Christmas Eve and my sons will be working ... and tomorrow, too.
So it will be, too, with many of your sons and daughters. The holidays can be a tough time and I wish I really had a sure-fire way to help anyone who is fighting a case of the blues. Prayer has always worked best for me.
It also helps when I think of my two sons having to work another holiday by knowing that their Marine Corps training equips them with the ability to deal with adversity and hardship. Your Marines have that ability, too.
And as their loved ones and friends, please take comfort in the fact that they are were they are because they care. They care about you and they care about their country. Be proud that you know such people, that you have had a hand in helping them become the men and women they are today.
The above photo is of my son Jake, standing a post on Christmas Day in Iraq at a forward operating base outside Ramadi. It was taken about six years ago. He's not an active duty Marine, anymore, but he is working tonight. He's a deputy sheriff in our home county.
My oldest son, Josh, still is in the Corps. He's a drill instructor and he'll be working tonight, watching over the recruits in his charge and helping them -- usually at the top of his voice -- become the Marines signed up to become.
Will we miss them? Of course, but again I take comfort in knowing they are out there making a difference. So, too, are your Marines and recruits.
Think about that, please, and take pride in that simple, yet profound, truth. They -- our military and our first responders, our nurses and doctors -- all are out there working to make a difference, to make our world a better place. And then, if you are so inclined, please say a prayer for all of them and their loved ones.