This June, we honor Army Specialist Cody Wulk as our Sponsor A Soldier honoree. SPC Wulk is an Indirect Fire Infantrymen stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. As such, SPC Wulk is responsible for maintaining and firing mortars, which are the most powerful and longest range weapons in the Army Infantry.

Today, we honor this soldier and thank him wholeheartedly for his service, but as Independence Day draws near, we also remember that he is part of a broader effort.

Most of America is about to embark upon a weekend filled with red, white, and blue desserts, backyard barbecues, and handheld sparklers. While we’re sitting barefoot in our lawn chairs waiting for the fireworks show to begin, it can be easy to forget the price paid for American freedom.

Some 240 years ago, common men paid the price for our freedom. Frozen, starving, and outnumbered during the winter at Valley Forge, a major turning point of the Revolutionary War. Average men waited beaten and broken. They were barefoot and starving, but still willing to stare down the barrel of a musket at close range, all for their God given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Today, the battlefield looks different. It’s not fought in our backyards or in the streets of Smalltown, USA — But the war for our freedom continues and the bravery required remains the same. The men and women who serve in our military today leave their families and put their lives at risk to wage this war. They face our enemies everyday. It’s no secret the threats we all face. We face an enemy with no regard for basic humanity, no regard for our rights to life and liberty. Make no mistake — we’re all facing this enemy together.

While our infant nation declared its freedom in 1776, we must continue to earn our freedom daily. President Ronald Reagan explained it best in 1964:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

The price for our freedom is great — and it’s paid with the lives and livelihoods of our service members. It’s our duty to lift up these service members and honor their sacrifice. As Americans, it’s also our duty to take personal responsibility for maintaining the freedoms promised in our Constitution. It’s a brutal, ongoing war. Are you willing to stand up and fight for the freedoms of our next generation?

The NFPSponsor A Soldier Program represents our effort to support our US Military Members. We can’t repay them for their sacrifice, but we can pay tribute to our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors with this small token of our sincere appreciation. We hope these gifts of supplements and clothing will provide some relief to those living without the comforts of home.

To nominate a service member or inquire about the NFP Sponsor a Soldier program, contact support@nfpgear.com. Submissions received by the 15th will be considered for the current month’s program honoree. Please include the service member’s name, contact information, and a brief explanation of why you wish to nominate him or her.