A Special Day


Today is a special day for a special woman. On this day, not long ago, God gave the gift of life to my wife, Dr. Angela Michelle Graham-West.

In ten days we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I have been with Angela for more than half of my life. She will tell you, and I admit, I ain’t the greatest and best. She could have done so much better, but I couldn’t have had a better foxhole buddy than Angela, the mother of our daughters, Aubrey and Austen.

See, Angela is a true hero, a woman of Sparta, a great American. She is the daughter of US Army Master Sergeant Ronald Keith Graham, an American Infantryman who served in Vietnam…and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

She stood by my side through my career in the Army, during several combat tours of duty. All the while, she kept our home fires burning, raised our daughters into women, earned an MBA and PhD, and enjoys a successful career.

Angela is a victor, not a victim, and I will never forget the day the little girl from Kingston, Jamaica, became an American citizen, and the tears she shed.

Happy birthday to my dear wife and love, Angela. I don’t deserve ya, but damn glad I got ya. You’re my American heroine!

Steadfast and Loyal!
Your Husband, Allen

Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at The Old School Patriot. Used with the permission of the author.

Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans. LTC West is running for Chair of the Republican Party of Texas. To support his efforts, please visit his campaign website

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