I am at Fort Carson this morning. At sunrise, I saluted as an honor guard raised Old Glory. After the formation was dismissed, I walked over and I thanked twenty of our nation's finest. They live by the creed-"I am an American soldier. I am prepared to fight, and if need be die in defense of my country and our way of life. I will never surrender of my own free will." I hope it was still dark enough that they didn't see the tears in my eyes. Please take a moment to thank our troops who proudly stand in harm's way as we celebrate this holiday.
Phyllis and I drove here yesterday for an early Thanksgiving Dinner with my youngest son Chris, home from college for the holiday, my oldest son Rob, his wife Maria, and three of my granddaughters who drove over from Del Norte. Tomorrow we fly to Seattle to join her family for a late Thanksgiving. We are truly blessed. I am thankful for my family, for our health, that we live in a free country, and in Colorado, the most beautiful place on earth.
I am thankful I belong to Steamboat Christian Center, and for our Pastors Troy and Jon. Last month, we set a goal of raising a ton of food for Lift-Up. Under their leadership, we raised almost four tons of food! I am thankful that our Visiting Nurses Association, where Phyllis works as a medical assistant, provides affordable care for under, and un-insured people in our community. I am thankful that the Yampa Valley Medical Center, where Phyllis works as a medical tech in both the Emergency Room, and in pre-op, never turns away people who need medical care.
As I give thanks for these many blessings, I remember those who are not as fortunate, our unemployed, our homeless, our hungry, those suffering from addiction, those who have lost loved ones, those who are frightened, or angry that our way of life is being taken away from us. I pray this morning for guidance in finding solutions for the many problems that face us this day. I pray for humility as I seek your support in my effort to take our country back, one precinct, one county, one state at a time. I pray for strength as I lead this fight, because failure is not an option.