Thursday, March 19, 2009
As a retired Major in the USAF, and a former enlisted man, I take the oath. As one of three sons of a veteran with 5 years combat time, I take the oath.
We three sons have served in 3 branches of service. Our father served in two wars, and we have served in two, ourselves, although we cannot compare our service with the hardship of our father.
As the 2nd of the sons, I spent 20 years in the Air Force. My oldest brother served 2 tours in Viet Nam and my younger brother served 6 years in the Navy in the bowels of ships. Our mother was also a veteran as an Army nurse and one of our sisters served as an Air Force nurse.
We have given more of our lives to public service than most families. We proudly gave of our lives not to the government but to the truths embodied in the US Constitution.
I take the oath that you have presented, without reservation. I know that my brothers share my beliefs. Our father bore wounds and medals and we carry forward his heritage as sons of this nation.
We place God-given rights above all, and as the foundation of all law; the only legitimate government is that which protects those rights.
May God in his grace preserve this land, and not necessarily it's corrupt government.