Our country has experienced a tough week with the tragedies in Boston, Massachusetts and West, Texas.As we learn more about these events, I am sure many of you are thinking about our community and your families.In times like this, we are reminded of how precious life is.

No matter how great a tragedy our nation has experienced, we have always endured and emerged stronger than before.It is a uniquely American impulse to see bystanders who just completed a marathon rush towards victims to help them.Or to see our first responders bravely and professionally handle a situation that must look like chaos to any observer.

In Southwest Ohio, we are as tight-knit a community as any other.Brave men and women from our district serve our country everyday in Ohio and around the world.Just this week, I met with a constituent, who I nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, and is proudly serving in the Navy.The leadership, character and courage of our district are reflective of those qualities we have seen on full display in response to the events around the nation. 

Likewise, the uniformed and civilian personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base play a crucial role in our country's national security.Despite crippling budget cuts and possible furloughs, these men and women carry on doing their duty and protecting the freedoms that we cherish.

It is important that we give thanks for what we have and prayer for those affected.Let us remember and support them.My heart goes out to all those who have been affected.