General David Petraeus shakes hands with my uncle Steve Sayers, who helped with the flood relief in Pakistan.

General David Petraeus shakes hands with my uncle LTC Steve Sayers, who helped with the flood relief in Pakistan.

My uncle’s return from Afghanistan inspired this little tribute to the troops.

As children in an American military family, my siblings and I were aware of the sacrifice that soldiers and their families make during active duty – especially during war.

But the war zone was still something that usually remained comfortably distant, often in the realm of movies, history books and Your Story Hour tapes featuring stories of soldiers spending Christmas in the trenches and prisoners of war plotting to escape…

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