That's why we are so grateful for wonderful organizations such as Sons of the Flag, a nonprofit group that provides critical support to military service members, first responders and civilians who have survived burn injuries.
In what is certain to be a breathtaking show, Sons of the Flag has assembled a team of U.S. veterans from every war -- going back to World War II until now -- that will complete a tandem skydive jump in front of the Dallas Cowboys football stadium on Nov. 18, 2012, as the Cowboys take on the Cleveland Browns in Arlington, Texas. Once the veterans exit the plane, they will circle an American flag in flight. (That flag will be auctioned off, with the full proceeds going to Sons of the Flag.) The event will be broadcast live on the Cowboys' Jumbotron, approximately 30 minutes before kickoff. Once the team has landed, the veterans will deliver the game coin.
Another incredible organization is TAPS, or Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which helps families who have lost loved ones in combat. Both Sons of the Flag and TAPS are unique in what they offer and take that extra step to help our veterans and families.
Gena and I also applaud Give 2 the Troops, a fantastic nonprofit organization that has supported approximately one million deployed U.S. troops with loving care packages and letters from all over the nation since December 2002.
We know there are many great and noble organizations out there doing wonderful work, and we commend them all for their efforts.
Today, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there are more than 21 million living veterans who served our nation in times of peace and war.
Please take a moment to thank them for their sacrifice.
And if you've served this great nation in our armed forces, may God bless you and your family. We are deeply grateful for your selfless commitment to ensuring the spirit of freedom is as strong as ever.