Today, just as I do every day, I am thinking of my brothers and sisters in the Army, Air Force, Marines, and especially my Navy Shipmates, who made the ultimate sacrifice defending everything we stand for.

I am thinking especially of my friend Brett Kuban, who I served with on board the USS Truxtun from 1987-1990.

Brett passed away in 2010, but I still think of him often. Everything you wanted in a sailor, he was it. Today I’ll be saying an extra prayer for his wife Virginia and his two children, Chance and Amanda.

Men like Brett make me proud to call America home. God Bless his family, God Bless the men and women who gave everything for their country, and God Bless the United States.