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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders got emotional during Thursday's press briefing while reading a letter from a father to his son serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Joseph, a man from Santa Fe, Tennessee, sent his son, a master sergeant in the Air Force, a letter nearly ten years ago while he was serving in Iraq. Now, with his son on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Joseph sent the letter he wrote to his son nearly a decade ago to President Trump.

Joseph, who's served as a police officer for more than 30 years, wrote that he hopes the president receives and reads the letter, which Sanders confirmed he has.

While reading a portion of Joseph's touching letter at the press briefing, Sanders grew visibly emotional.


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"Please don't lose sight of your purpose. You're the only hope and glimmer of light for the good, innocent men, women and children that you are protecting," she read. "This may be hard for you to see or understand. Most people know that all of you are there because you volunteered to be there. Your actions and dedication are seen by people throughout the world as without a doubt the most heroic action of any person which can be made."

"You and the soldiers standing next to you from all of the other countries are the pride of not only the nations they represent, but every individual that yearns to be free," she continued. "Stand tall, my son, and be steadfast. For it is you who are the defender of freedom."

Sanders said we owe it to the men and women, like the master sergeant, who have fought in our name in Afghanistan for 17 years, and to the families who have watched their loved ones go to secure a lasting and honorable outcome to the conflict.

"As the president said on Monday, the men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory," Sanders said. "And once that victory has been achieved, they also deserve to return home to a country that honors their sacrifices and provides our nation's heroes with the support they've earned by risking their lives to ensure the freedoms of all Americans."

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