Thanking Soldiers

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

They were thanked one by one, all 148 soldiers from the 238th Aviation Battalion of the Michigan National Guard. 117 served in Iraq and 31 in Bosnia. They were Headquarters Company and Company F who served a year long call of duty that ended six months ago.

"I think everybody came back with a sense of pride that what we're doing could really impact and affect our security."

Major John Koltvedt was deployed in Bosnia. A situation he says many Americans forget about.

"Over there it's still war ravaged. Buildings are blown out. People have to walk everywhere. They don't have a lot of conveniences that we have."

Though he's happy to be back on US soil, he's ready and willing to go back if needed.

"If it's not for those that give up their time with their family and friends and make sacrifices, then other people may have to do it."

"I mean you're just thankful for a lot of things. Yeah you don't take things for granted that's for sure, especially the time you have with your family."

Staff Sgt. Nick Beller and his wife Sgt. Jennifer Beller both served in Iraq. But at different times. And for them the job isn't about the glory.

"It just becomes a part of who you are. The way that people back here take things for granted like freedoms we enjoy everyday that the people over there don't have."

Humble as they may be, they're thankful for the honor of serving our country, and the country is thankful for their willingness to serve.

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