"We spent 12 to 14 hours a day in the camps," he said. "It was such an honor for us to be able to participate, but it was the soldiers who kept saying, 'We appreciated you guys sacrificing your time to come over and see us.' They said that over and over. I couldn't get it. They were thanking us for making a sacrifice. I just told them, 'Thank you and God bless you for defending our freedom."'