An American Veteran

I am an American Veteran.
I served in the forces which guard our nation and our way of life.
I was prepared to give my life in their defense.

I often lived in fear for hours, days, weeks, and even years at a time
Not in fear for myself
But in fear, that if I failed in my appointed task
That you would no longer be able to live in “One Nation UNDER GOD.”
My fear was that YOU might not be able to live in “the land of the free.”

I am an American Veteran who survived the cold and hunger from
Valley Forge to the Chosin Reservoir,
From the cold, green forest of Verdun,
To the hot, steamy jungles of Bataan, Corrigidor and the Mekong Delta
And then to the dry, arid deserts of Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

I am an American Veteran who searched for the terrorists that threaten our nation.
Again, in constant fear as I searched the desert, caves, mud huts and mountains.
Fear that if I failed, America would live in fear and intimidation
And my sons, daughters and grandchildren will not know peace in their land.

I am an American Veteran, who by the Grace of God, was born in a land,
Whose call to arms is “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
Waging war on the land, on the sea and in the air,
Against all unnumbered foe that dare to challenge our freedom.

I am an American Veteran, whose eyes have grown dim.
Strength has diminished, but dedication remains bright,
Resolve remains strong to remain faithful to the defense of
The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

God Bless America and American Veterans.
— Leonard Robison,
Nov. 11, 2002