We all have countless opinions on whether our troops should ever have been involved, but I would like to set politics aside and thank our troops for all of their service and sacrifice in the Middle East.
It has been a long 13 years and each of the 453 lives that have been lost was a tragedy. Our armed services have always been a vital part of our nation and I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who choose to serve our country.
Many of us have family and friends who have served and sacrificed for our nation. I am glad to see our troops finally return home and I hope that those who are injured or suffer emotional stresses receive all the care and support they need for as long as is required.
Although the world remains a very uncertain place, I hope that it is a long time before our troops are ever called off to war again. And I hope that all of our other soldiers currently on active duty around the world return home safe and healthy.