Many thanks to The US Navy Outreach for sending us this photo. Lt. Cmdr. David Hancock, chief engineer, from Hamburg, New York, center, stands officer of the deck watch aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a sea and anchor evolution. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

Lt. Cmdr. David Hancock in action

November is here and that means that this month we will celebrate the brave men and women who courageously sacrifice their lives and time to protect our freedom.

The adage "freedom isn’t free" is very true and this month we honor those veterans who have given us their time, and their families who have sacrificed the time with loved ones, in order for them to be on the job to help keep America thriving and protect us from those who would otherwise bring harm.

I am very grateful for all of you who have worn a uniform to protect the United States of America. I’ve told a story many times about the day my brother joined the United States Marines and left for Boot Camp. It is both the proudest moment and the one moment I was also very worried about my brother. But he came back a better person, a strong man, and most importantly, a United States Marine. To this day, I am honored that he is my brother and have the utmost respect for all Marines and anybody who has served in the Armed Forces.

Thank you to Lt. Cmdr Hancock and the US Navy for all they are doing around the globe while we enjoy our freedoms back at home. Happy Veterans Day to all!

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