Blessings today to anyone who has lost a loved one in a military conflict. Most of the men in my family, and among my friends, have served in the military. Thankfully, all of them came back safe and sound. My best friend, who is like a brother to me, served in Afghanistan recently. I am thankful for the Afghan local who asked my friend to please stop driving his tanker truck over a mined road until professionals got the mines removed. Otherwise, this might be a very different type of post.