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Heroes deserve to recognized. Especially when those heroes are red blooded, American soldiers. I will always respect our troops, including current and past service members. I owe my everyday freedom to those very men and women who risked their lives to protect my rights.

As long as the National Rifle Association (NRA) is around, those heroes will always be honored and remembered. During the NRA’s annual meeting in Atlanta last weekend, they did something extremely special.  Henry Repeating Arms donated four American-made Henry Military Service Tribute Rifles to be given to four veterans, in order to show appreciation for their service. The guns were presented at the Friends of the NRA Foundation banquet.

Our friends at Bearing Arms report:

But just wait until you hear the list of this year’s four distinguished veterans:

Linda Becker, who retired from the US Air Force/Air National Guard after 39 years of service that included three overseas tours: Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.

Don Jenkins, a former United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Ty Carter, a former United States Army Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient for his actions at the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan.

The final veteran to be presented the Henry Military Service Rifle was George J. Krakosky, a 97-year-old WWII veteran, who had the entire crowd standing and applauding his service.

“How many of you remember the movie Saving Private Ryan and those vivid images of American soldiers landing on the beaches of France under tremendous enemy fire? For us it was a movie and for our recipient it was reality. This man served and fought in a war that saved the world from unspeakable evil. He is one of the last of America’s greatest generation and we owe our freedom to him today.”

This declaration of honor from Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms, rang true to the 1800 attendees of The Friends of the NRA Foundation Banquet who rose up for multiple standing ovations throughout the tribute to these four brave soldiers, all of whom gave selflessly for our freedom.

I cannot think of four, more deserving, honorable people to receive such a remarkable award. These veterans spent years away from their families, and risked their lives every moment they were in the field. However, that never deterred them. They are true American heroes, and we salute them with the highest regard.

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