Nearly every day I receive letters like this one, from the wife of a brave Kentucky soldier serving in Iraq:
"No one wants any more soldiers killed, wounded or missing in action," she writes. "Especially the families of soldiers, like me and my daughter. But knowing he is there making sure we are safe here makes it easier to send my daughter to school."
I hear sentiments like that a lot as I travel to places like Fort Campbell and Fort Knox to meet our troops and their families. I also hear it when I go abroad to see our troops in the field, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. American service members realize that waging this War on Terror is unpleasant and difficult at times - but absolutely necessary.
More than six years have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, and we have yet to see another major terrorist attack on American soil. I believe that's a direct result of America going on offense, and taking the fight to the terrorists. By fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are protecting freedom here at home.