“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We at NFP Gear are ever grateful and eternally indebted to the Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and Soldiers who protect our Great Nation. As mere civilians, our ability to honor these immortal heroes seems inadequate, but we do our best to live by our own words of gratitude. Over the past year, we have shown our appreciation the best way we know how: through our Sponsor A Soldier initiative.

This Veteran's Day, as we honor more of those who have served and currently serve in the Armed Forces of the Greatest Nation on earth, take time to look back at the stories of the brave men and women we've had the great privileged to feature over the past year:

Army 1LT Joshua Dunleavy

Army PFC Matthew Honour

Navy Chief Joshua Busey

Marine Staff Sergeant Gilbert Estella

Army 1LT Robert Sypole

Army SPC Codly Wulk

Army 1LT Sean Flint

Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Weaver

Army SGT Ashley Waner

To the patriots that we've not yet had the opportunity to thank, we express our whole-hearted gratitude. The extent of your sacrifice is something those of us who have not served may never fully understand.

Today, fellow civilians, with each beat of your heart, remember the drums of wars past; With each breath, remember those who took their last on the battlefield. As you gaze on the shades of red, white, and blue posted across the media and waving above your city, remember that the cost of your freedom is great. The independence we often take for granted was bought and paid for with lives and livelihoods. Remember our veterans.