I was talking with a former student of mine (from my one year of teaching in a "real" school) this week. He's a newlywed and in the Reserves and will be deployed soon (within the U.S.) for 18 months. We were talking about other friends and acquaintances being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and he said something that really struck me even though it was quite a simple thought.
He said, "I don't think many people realize how much is being sacrificed in this war."
I think this is also true of veterans of other wars and of their families at home. They deserve our prayers and our respect more than I can say.