Person of the Year
"Not only do the men and women who serve in all branches of the military deserve our respect and support, their survival demands it."
James M. White
Tucson, U.S.

TIME's choice for Person of the Year [Dec. 29-Jan. 5] was like a holiday present from you to those of us who have loved ones guarding freedom around the world. My son is stationed in Afghanistan, and along with countless other soldiers, he spent Christmas away from home for the first time. Thank you for a brilliant choice!

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