This has been an intriguing month. It started with a lack of gaining consensus on repealing Obamacare.

Then, on Friday, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court Justice. The nuclear option was invoked to restore the Supreme Court to its full compliment for the first time in over a year. This was a victory for President Trump. I also believe that it was a victory for the American people.

Additionally, on the evening of April 6th, President Trump launched a measured response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s gas attacks which killed his own people. President Trump’s response included taking out one of the air fields from where the gas was launched. This response shows Americans, as well as the world, that the President is someone who will take action when called upon.

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with one of our top military leaders. He told me that when the chiefs meet with the President, he is completely engaged and follows the advice of the generals. This bodes well for the American people.

However, if one were to tune into the media covering the beltway, it appears as if all hope is lost for our country.

I refuse to believe that.

Recently, I finished the book, “Army Wife: A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army” by Vicki Cody. I have never met her, but after reading her story I feel as if I know Vicki. I have had the opportunity to know and work with Vicki’s husband, retired U.S. Army general Richard “Dick” Cody, but I now have even more respect for him and the entire Cody family.

The story begins with Vicki, a sixteen-year-old high school student, meeting a West Point Army cadet in the summer of 1969. Cody explains that it was love at first sight and that love continued to grow over the course of their marriage. Vicki also details her development as a wife and mother as her husband’s responsibilities increased. She was responsible for providing comfort to the wives of the men her husband led into battle. Vicki was committed to raising a family, often times alone, while her husband served our country. She also had to deal with the strain of sending a husband into battle and eventually sent off her two sons to serve in combat as helicopter pilots. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to read something inspiring during these times of great stress and strain.

Personally, it helped me overcome the commotion surrounding the Supreme Court confirmation as well as America’s response to the gas attacks last week. It also helped me overcome the “doom and gloom” attitude that is so persistent in and around D.C. as well as what is portrayed in the media.

The book gave me an opportunity to reflect on the good people and families, like Dick and Vicki Cody, who make up this country. Things are not as good, nor are they as bad, as it may seem. Instead, we should all take time to remember that it is the American people, collectively, that make our country great.