Saluting the sacrifice of our remarkable heroes

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The most important thing to remember when flying a helicopter is to always be aware of your surroundings. It is a lesson I learned while flying over 2,500 combat missions in Vietnam, evacuating more than 5,000 wounded soldiers. And it is a lesson that has been made clear to me again when noticing who I am no longer surrounded by. 

Earlier this year, our nation lost two extraordinary men and fellow Vietnam War recipients of the Medal of Honor: Roger Donlon and Larry Taylor. Their passings leave just 63 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor in combat, many in the twilight of their lives. National Medal of Honor Day, observed annually on March 25, provides an opportunity to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of these remarkable individuals. It is a day to honor their legacy and remember the principles for which they fought – principles that continue to inspire us today. 

As a proud recipient of the Medal of Honor, I carry with me not only the weight of this esteemed decoration but also a profound appreciation for its history and significance. More than just a symbol of valor in the

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