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OFFICIAL JOURNAL

SPECIAL REPORT

president's column
By Ronald L. Schmeits, President

Experience A Life Of Duty

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pring has finally arrived. The
weather's getting warmer, school's
winding down and baseball season
is underway. Barbecues, picnics, fireworks
and family fun are right around the corner.
As we enjoy the blessings of the season and our freedom, it's easy to forget
that halfway around the world, courageous men and women are risking-and
giving up-their lives so that we can
enjoy our lives.
With that in mind, I'd like to introduce
you to a new project called NRA Life of
Duty. It's our way of honoring those who
serve our country-not just our armed
forces, but police, firefighters, emergency personnel, everyone in uniform
who puts him- or herself in harm's way to
keep us safe.
We want to give them the recognition,
respect and honor they unquestionably
deserve, both from their peers in service
and especially from civilians.

film "Black Hawk Down."
Since retiring from active service, he
has successfully pursued a country music
career. Now he uses that platform to give
motivational speeches at schools and
community centers across America.
He's traveled the world to perform for
our troops, even taking helicopters into
remote, mountainous locations, where
he sings and plays acoustic guitar for
isolated units. As Keni puts it, "I don't get
to carry M4 rifles anymore. What I get to
carry is guitars and a microphone."
"Last Defense" is a stirring tribute to
the Patriot Guard Riders, a group that was
formed in response to the hateful, outrageous activities of those who use military
funerals as a platform to spread their
poisonous message. The Patriot Guard
ride their motorcycles wherever they're
needed across the country, helping to
give fallen soldiers and their families the
peace, privacy and dignity they deserve.

Our armed forces do the most selfless
and dangerous work there is, for the
most nobel and vital cause there is-
and they do it for you and me.
To that end, I urge you to go online
and visit the NRA Life of Duty website
(www.nralifeofduty.tv), which hosts
many specially produced video features
and a digital magazine, NRA American
Warrior. Visit the site today to see some
truly moving and inspirational tributes to
public service and civic duty, particularly
the Patriot Profiles videos.
The latest, "From Mogadishu to
Nashville," tells Keni Thomas's dramatic
story of heroism and dedication. He was
a young Army Ranger serving in Africa
when his unit came under fire-a combat encounter chronicled in the feature

Perhaps my favorite is "A Veteran's
Memories," a beautiful look at the life
and service of Walter Hughes, who at
18 years old parachuted behind enemy
lines in World War II Holland. Now in his
80s, Hughes took the time to sit down
and tell us his story. His first jump as a
paratrooper was during Operation Market Garden, the war's largest Airborne
operation, and his ensuing experiences
were marked by bravery and heroism.
Those are just a sampling of the
videos currently offered. A new Patriot
Profile is added each and every month
to tell the stories no one else is telling, so

be sure to check it often.
NRA Life of Duty offers many ways
to support our servicemen and women,
whether through service aid societies,
scholarships or even by providing an
NRA Life of Duty membership to a military member.
Our armed forces do the most selfless
and dangerous work there is, for the
most noble and vital cause there is-and
they do it for you and me. They expose
themselves to unimaginable horrors
without asking for recognition or praise.
They carry out their orders without
question or complaint. Their experiences
provide them with a perspective on the
costs and value of freedom that the rest
of us rarely if ever experience.
I think that's something that every
one of us should give thanks for whenever we're given the chance.
At the end of April, when we join
together in Pittsburgh for the NRA 140th
Annual Meetings & Exhibits to celebrate
our uniquely American freedoms, we'll
give all uniformed military, law enforcement, fire department and paramedic
personnel free admission to the Exhibit
Hall-a longstanding NRA tradition.
If you're a veteran or actively serving,
I urge you to stand up and be recognized
in Pittsburgh. If not, please take a minute
to say hello, shake these heroes' hands,
thank them for their service and tell
them what your freedom means to you.
In the meantime, please take a few
minutes to browse the NRA Life of Duty
channel on the Internet. I hope that,
like me, you'll find it interesting and
inspirational.

For news about legislation and your NRA, visit: www.nraila.org, www.nranews.com and www.nra.org.

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