Most Americans can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. We remember the horror and sorrow that came with the events on that day, and the years to follow. For me, I was living less than five miles from the Pentagon. I saw the smoke billowing from the building and the gaping hole on the west side. Then, just weeks after the attack, I began an internship at the Pentagon in the Office of Media Affairs. I saw the destruction. I saw the bandages and scars on employees. And I saw the rebuilding, both physically and emotionally.

The war on terror, no matter your politics, has been an important war. I can understand the rationale for sending our troops overseas, as I come from a military family with war veterans in my grandfathers, father and brother. However, controversies surround our arrival and stay in the Middle East, with arguments abundant on withdrawal from the area.