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“We Were Soldiers Once and Young!”

We were soldiers once and young!  What an awesome and powerful title.  Obviously I can’t take credit for it.  This is the title of an excellent book about the battle waged by the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 7th Cavalry in the Ia Drang Valley during the Vietnam War.  The book was written by LTG (Ret) Harold G. Moore and war journalist Joseph L. Galloway, the then battalion commander and his unit’s war journalist.  The stories in the book were later made into a movie called “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson and Barry Pepper.  That title just resonates with me because it is so pure and true on so many levels.  

Recently, I had occasion to travel back to “The Great Place,” Fort Hood, Texas.  If you are a soldier and have never been stationed there, your tour of duty is not complete.  (The reality is that most service members feel that same way about a certain place and time during their service – my place just happens to be “The Great Place,” Fort Hood, Texas.  Anyway, back to the story.  There is just something different about the atmosphere, something different about the environment, something different about the people and the energy and pulse of the city surrounding a military installation.  

During my visit, I had the privilege to look into the faces of many young soldiers and their families.  Isn’t it amazing how you can spot a soldier a mile away?  You don’t have to be in a military town for this to happen.  There is just something special about Joe.    (All services feel this same way about their people too, I’m sure)   

We enjoy the freedoms and opportunity to do whatever it is we do – because of their selfless service and sacrifices.  Those young people are absolutely fearless, heroic and represent some of the best of America.  Looking at them made me swell with pride as I remembered what it was like to be a soldier and young!  

The gains we make today in the Veteran-Owned Business Movement will help shape a brighter future for them and generations of Veterans to come. 


See you on the high ground!




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