Thousands of National Guard troops have been activated over the last few days to assist local, state, and national emergency management agencies. Some of those troops are working in their home states; others are flying in from places like California.
All of those National Guard soldiers and airmen have families who would undoubtedly have preferred to have their loved ones home during Hurricane Sandy. But off they went: into the rain and wind, into the dark, into danger.
Where I am outside of Philadelphia, my family is fortunate today: although our basement is flooded, we’re all safe, and incredibly, we never even lost power. In my neighborhood, a tree crashed into a house and injured an infant; families in low-lying areas had to evacuate, and my friend who is a volunteer firefighter was called out more than ten times last night for downed wires.
I am grateful. I am grateful for those who serve, those who respond, and their families.
Take a moment to check out these terrific photos of National Guard personnel in action, below.
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