How often do you think about Afghanistan?
Sometimes it seems too many of us have forgotten about our men and women in uniform who are still fighting in Afghanistan.
As of Wednesday, 2,042 members of the U.S. military have died in that country since 2001, according to Defense Department numbers. Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 118 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,154 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action.
The most recent loss to Louisiana is Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, of Pearl River, who died Dec. 14 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.
We all know that combat is taking place but how often do we still think about our soldiers; offer prayers for their safety; donate to causes that supply care packages to those in the field; write letters to service members; or do any kind thing to show our service members that we care?
As the New Year approaches and we celebrate new opportunities with family and friends, remember many of our brothers and sisters are across the world, working to ensure we remain both safe and free so the we might find success in 2013.
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