The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces are known for their bravery in times of crisis. In 2012, the men and women of the military put their skills to work both at home and abroad.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, on October 29, the U.S. Armed Forces were among the first to respond. More than 7,400 members of the Army National Guard responded to 11 states affected by the storm. They rescued people trapped in flooded homes, cleaned up debris, patrolled dangerous areas, and provided food and transportation to victims. The efforts of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are ongoing.
Active-duty military remain stationed in more than 150 countries, working toward peace and protecting freedom. Two years ago, President Obama sent extra troops to Afghanistan to help protect the Afghani people and to train and guide Afghan security and military. This year, he brought the extra troops home.
Our armed forces are role models of physical determination, discipline and dedication. Sixteen military members proudly represented the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games.
For proudly representing the U.S. overseas and helping our nation in times of crisis, the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces are nominees for TFK's 2012 People of the Year.