Throughout the month of January, American soldiers deployed to the Middle East have faced over 100 missile and rocket attacks in Iraq and Syria, injuring more than 80 military personnel. The US Navy and Air Force are engaged in dangerous missions protecting international shipping vessels in the Red Sea against persistent attacks by Houthi militia in Yemen. Most tragically, four days ago a drone attack in Jordan injured 40 service members and killed three US Army reservists.
These conflicts are distant for most Americans but for military families they are close and very real. Parents, spouses, and children live with constant fears for the safety of their loved one serving abroad. Some are grieving the deaths of their precious family members -- a stark reminder of the sacrifices and realities of military service.