I'm grateful to live in a country where I can cast a secret ballot. I'm grateful to live in a country anyone can run for political office. I'm grateful to live in a country where I have a choicewhen I vote.
In 1985 when I was a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to visit the then Soviet Union. It was a life-changing trip and I learned much that has stuck with me to this day. One thing I'll always be grateful for is freedom, and for those who have defended my freedom -- now and in the past -- with the ultimate sacrifice.