Working on holidays sucks. There’s nothing else to say about it. I’m sure all of my colleagues here at NewsRep have stories about being on a deployment during Thanksgiving or Christmas, and even I remember working a shift in the emergency room on a holiday or two. So for this Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to find five stories — one for each branch of the military — that illustrate how our service members keep us perpetually safe, and why we should give thanks to them every day of the year.

Army — California Army National Guardsmen support efforts to fight wildfires

Just about everyone has read about the wildfires which have been devastating the state of California over the last several weeks. If you haven’t, you can read about it here. While civilian agencies such as Cal Fire and local law enforcement have been “on the frontlines” battling the blaze, National Guard units from across the country have been arriving in the state to support everything from search and rescue, fire suppression, supply delivery, evacuations, and even veterinary care. National Guard units refer to this type of mission as “all hazards” and train for them regularly.

Navy — Sailors use an inflatable boat to rescue survivors of plane crash