Fourth of July isn't just a day off from work. Put down that brat and beer and remember why we celebrate and the cost someone else paid for us to be here. We. are. blessed. God has a way of putting people in your path that you will never forget and who will influence you to want to leave this world a better place. That was the case seven years ago when a good ol' boy from Iowa was told he would be receiving the military's highest honor of all time. Many past recipients received it from their graves for giving the ultimate sacrifice. But Army Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta would make his way to the White House to receive the Medal of Honor. No one since the Vietnam War had been awarded such distinction. I had the honor to meet him and help plan a homecoming at the Iowa Capitol while working for the Governor. His story still gives me chills and he is the epitome of what it means to be an Iowan. Here he shares his story with David Letterman... On this Fourth of July, let us not forget the sacrifices so many of our service men and women have made to give us what we take for granted as the "Land of the Free." It wasn't free and never will be and every day another young soldier in the making will go in to claim their free tee shirt. Let us hope they will be half as brave as Staff Sgt. Giunta. And let us do our part to not let them down while they are deployed and their families need us. And let us take care of them when they get home, or God help us, if they don't make it home, may we never forget them for their sacrifice. Tomorrow when I go back to work, I don't want the feeling to go away that our service members deserve so much and that we are forever indebted to them for their selflessness. Now it's our duty to serve them. Thank you, veterans, for our freedom. For our joy, peace and abundance.
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