- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

As we near another important presidential election, let’s not forget our real heroes: our brave men and women around the world who serve this great country and defend our nation against attacks from our enemies both foreign and domestic.

As a way of showing thanks to our armed forces, let’s make sure we do what we can to make their lives a little easier and to make sure they know we are always thinking of them. That means supporting organizations such as Operation Troop Aid and others to help the troops and their families. It also means hiring our military veterans when they return home, helping them find jobs and helping them adjust to life back at home.

Whether it’s sending a care package to our troops abroad, writing letters or hiring a military veteran in a small business or corporation, let us never forget the bravery of those who put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom. Our republic depends on their service.

I served in the Navy for more than 20 years, and I saw firsthand the impact that receipt of a care package or letter had on my comrades. When you’re far from home in a foreign land, nothing makes you feel better than evidence that your fellow Americans recognize the courage and sacrifice you make every day.

I encourage all of us to take the time to reflect on this and thank those who have served and continue to serve this great nation of ours.

MARK WOODS

Founder, CEO

Operation Troop Aid

Nashville