If you're someone who wants to experience the unity that America felt in the days and months following the 9-11 terror attacks, that was something that was clearly present in the room two years ago when a Montana-based veterans group held their first ever fundraising banquet in Billings.
I've heard from a lot of our fellow veterans here in Montana and elsewhere across the country over the past few days. We're pissed off. We're disgusted. I'm with you. The last week, especially, pissed me off too.
Since Montana has some of the highest numbers of veterans per capita in the country, it is no surprise that a lot of you are reaching out and asking me what you can do to help our friends in Afghanistan.
I got a message from someone I greatly respect who has been a huge supporter of our troops here in Montana. He wanted to hear my thoughts on the news developing in Afghanistan. If you're an Afghan veteran, we want to hear yours as well.
Those who answered the call to serve obviously felt a calling to serve our country. But I also think those same veterans want to make sure that those patriotic values are instilled in the next generation.
As luck would have it, I was able to catch up with him while he stopped in Jackson Hole, Wyoming- just before he ventured into Yellowstone National Park. Earlier that same week he climbed Devil's Tower- even though he has never rock climbed before.