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Today Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, and to me that means a whole lot more than a magnet on my car and a bunch of empty words and promises that still go unfulfilled.  And it ought to mean a lot more to everyone.

I heard a story that on Election Day, Jim Webb and his brother and a couple of staffers who had served our nation in uniform walked around in the rainy drizzle in Arlington National Cemetary among the fallen heroes for a few hours.  I was in DC that day, and I know what the weather was like — soggy and miserable, and that says a lot that this was his priority while waiting for election results.  Jim Webb's son is currently serving in Iraq, and you can bet that he understands the fear and pride and everything else that our nation's military families and friends deal with daily as they watch the news and hope for the best.

Here's hoping for more thoughtful, committed leadership in the days to come — committed to making things better for our troops and their families, and not just to public bluster and PR maneuvers.  I have a lot of hope that with the addition of the experienced voices of Jim Webb and Joe Sestak and all the other fighting dems that just got elected, our veterans will have a renewed voice in Washington.

To all of our veterans, past and present, thank you.

And to those folks who are currently in uniform and in the field, please, stay safe.  We are thinking about you, your friends and families.   We honor your sacrifices today, and we hope for better for all of us in the days to come.

(Ooops.  As several of you have pointed out, Nov. 11th is Veteran's Day.  I added a day somewhere in my travels and thought today was the 11th.  My bad.  But the thanks still stands, and then some.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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