This picture was taken in 2003 when this young soldier was but 22 years old. Take note of the barren landscape through the window to her left. And how about the scarf covering her nose and mouth? This was no run-of-the-mill drill within the relatively safe confines of a military base. For a year, this soldier, like SO many others, risked life and limb in Iraq during the Iraqi Freedom War. Did I mention that the "risk" was on our behalf? When you see an American soldier on the street, in a grocery store, on an elevator, do you thank him/her? With the exception of Christ's ultimate sacrifice on the cross, nothing in this world is free. And that includes our freedom.
Oh, and by the way, this particular soldier happens to be my little sister. And this big sister couldn't be more proud.
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