By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and strong in the USA. one in every of 9 youngsters turning out to be up in a brand new Jersey kinfolk, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom prior to changing into a celebrity linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the hot England Patriots. while his illustrious NFL profession used to be over, he earned a legislation measure from Fordham college and went to paintings for the recent York urban district attorney's place of work. From that vantage aspect he witnessed close-up the autumn of the dual Towers on that world-altering morning in September 2001—an occasion that encouraged him to depart public lifestyles and sign up for the U.S. military to raised serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting legal professional, Captain McGovern has recommended battlefield commanders on felony ideas of engagement in Afghanistan and has prosecuted suspected terrorists in Iraq. A devoted soldier and a guy of religion who has been at the entrance strains of the conflict on Terror—both at domestic and within the heart East—Captain Robert McGovern is a rare American with a awesome and critical tale to tell—one that each American must listen.
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