Medal of Honor Recipient Says No Thanks to State Of The Union Invite

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Something politicians can learn from our service members–a little word called “humility.”

While it is an honor to be invited to the State of the Union, many military personnel do not wish to be the center of attention. They do not ask for fame or accolades. They simply serve their country, do their duty, and don’t ask for much in return.

They are not lobbying for votes. They are not trying to paint a picture that does not exist.

They just do. They focus upon the mission, not upon the glory.

If our most recent Medal of Honor Recipient wishes to stay home rather than attend the State of the Union Address as a guest of the President and the First Lady, it shouldn’t be a surprise at all.

Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy — with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday — and their families.

“It’s such a great honor to be invited to the State of the Union,” Romesha, 31, told CNN. “I really feel bad about not being able to go. But a lot of these guys I haven’t seen a really long time and I’d like to hang with them just a little bit more.”

Read more from CNN here.

If he wishes to spend the evening with his friends instead, he’s earned it!

Tiffany Cloud Olson is the author of Sleeping with Dog Tags. Follow her on Facebook or her author page