In 2008, my partner, Chad, was deployed to Iraq to support the reconstruction efforts. Probably more than any other time in my life, I gained an appreciation for the sacrifice of military families. I can only surmise what it is like to be deployed, but my first hand experience of being a family member certainly changed my perspectives.
Today is National K9 Veterans Day. While our dog Marelize, is not a military K9, she is certainly missed when I travel by motorcycle. She is a Dutch Shepard which you can read more about here. Our family visited a local K9 memorial. I will visit many more memorials on the 2020 Tour of Honor.