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By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Veterans Day, which will be observed this Sunday, is a moment for Americans to stop and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

It is also an opportunity to recognize those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley was the special speaker for an Honoring Our Veterans program at the Thursday meeting of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary.

During his remarks, Bradley compared the young men and women currently serving to the ones in his generation who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. These young people serving us today are just as good. They know why they are there, he said. Throughout the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America has lost 4,000 and 2,000 soldiers, respectively. There are people now who have been deployed so many times. Many thousand have been wounded.

In Vietnam, it would take six weeks to get someone who was injured moved back to a hospital, he said, adding that nowadays medical care has improved. Someday, these folks that are currently serving will be veterans like you and me. People who served in Korea and Vietnam, I dont think, were as appreciated as they should be. We celebrate and honor those who are serving today as we should.

Bradley also gave insight into the battles that our Armed Forces have fought in Afghanistan, saying that not all Afghan people are the enemy.

All you see in the news is bad news. When things work well it is not news. There are people who want us there, he said. We have a strategic agreement to train troops there. We are working hard to improve the readiness of the Afghan Army. They want to live in peace and a better life after 30 years of war their economy is bad.

Bradley is a Chief of the Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robbins Air Force Base, Ga. As Chief of Air Force Reserve he serves as principal advisor on Reserve Matters to the Air Force Chief of Staff.

Originally from Lebanon, Bradley was commissioned in 1967 after completing the Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. As a fighter pilot, he flew 337 combat missions in Vietnam.

Following his presentation, CW4 Rita Wilson gave veterans a gift on behalf of the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. Wilson said that veterans were invited to enjoy a free game of golf at the club on Monday. We wanted to give something free to those who have helped us stay free, she said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com

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