Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade put our military men and women through an incredible ordeal. It isn’t over yet, and many troops remain overseas, but with sustained effort, these conflicts should continue to wind down.
Along with veterans of earlier wars, the veterans of this decade of war deserve our heartfelt thanks. They risked their lives, suffered injuries and endured multiple deployments. On Sunday, the nation honored them with its annual Veterans Day, though federal workers and others also recognize the holiday today.
Many thousands of men and women in the Fairbanks area serve in active duty, the national guard and the reserves. Even more have served in the past. They are not some unknown force sequestered far away. They’re our neighbors.
The difficulties they’ve endured are hard to imagine for those who haven’t been through the experience. Some soldiers have come home damaged physically or psychologically, and they’ll need much care to recover. We owe that to them. We also owe them our gratitude.