As we begin Thanksgiving week, we should be mindful each and every day for all the blessings we have in this great country. as we watch scenes of American troops coming home from our long engagement in Iraq we are reminded that few things are more worthy of our thankfulness than our military. Iraq has been a very long, at times very frustrating, in many ways very rewarding, and often controversial theater of operations. But, having rid that country of a merciless dictator, put down massive insurgency, and helped them to establish a democratic form of government, our troops will now be home for Christmas. For that we are grateful indeed. We are also prayerful that there will be no need for them to return. We look forward to the day when our forces in Afghanistan will have accomplished their mission and can come home to stay. The Middle East remains a hotbed of terrorism and instability. It was reported a few days ago that Iran is much closer to having a nuclear weapon than previously imagined. There are concerns that they may try to cause problems in Iraq or pose a threat to our ally Israel. Problems and uncertainty abound in Syria, Somalia and Libya to name but a few. We should pray for peace as we stay prepared for whatever challenges may arise. With veteran's day just past, let's continue to show those who have served and are serving our gratitude every chance we get. I'm Jim Cameron. Write and let us hear from you.