By: Peter W. Chiarelli and Marjorie K. Eastman
We have spent meaningful years of our lives in Texas, and we share a love for this time of year in the Lone Star State, when an abundance of bluebonnets will soon bloom.
It was when the state flower was budding in 2009 that our paths were intertwined in a memorable year. One of us was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, all while spending precious moments with a spouse who had just returned from a 15-month tour flying Apache helicopters in Iraq with Ft. Hood's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The other was serving as vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, the final post of a four-decade military career, which included serving as commanding general for Ft. Hood's 1st Cavalry Division and leading soldiers into battle during the early stages of the Iraq War.
Although in vastly dissimilar places in our lives that year, we shared the same mission and had in common the same devoted pledge to serve our country.
And a pledge is why we write this column together today. We are now both advisers to a new organization, With Honor, which focuses on increasing the number of next-generation veterans in Congress. With Honor plans to [...]