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We both have had the honor and privilege of serving our country in uniform, a duty we took very seriously.
We willingly raised our right hands, swearing an oath to defend the Constitution, even if that meant risking our bodies and lives. We saw our friends take the same oath, many of whom came home from deployments physically, mentally or emotionally injured. We hold true to the memory of those others who never returned.
Our own service, that of our friends and family, and that of the millions of men and women with whom we share a common bond, inspire us and others to continue fighting for this country. Where we once served in uniform, we now do it through advocacy and legislating better policies that keep America safe and our service members out of unnecessary danger.
U.S. troops stand guard in Basra, Iraq, March 23, 2011. (AP)
The greatest challenge we have on that front is returning the responsibility of sending troops into combat to its rightful place – the halls of Congress.
For the last few decades, Congress has