Many of us suffer from working long hours away from our families, but National Security Adviser James Jones says he wants to try and make sure that doesn't happen as much to his employees.
"I am very much intent on getting the right number of people working on the National Security Council so that we don't operate in a crisis mode 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Jones said, "and we recognize that there are moments in our lives that are irreplaceable and if you miss them, you just don't get them back."
The sixty-five-year-old former Marine says being one of the oldest people working in the West Wing of the White House has given him "the benefit of looking back on the years" and learning from mistakes.
"When I was a gung-ho Major and a gung-ho Lieutenant Colonel, I did sacrifice my family for the career and I see these great young men and women who are 20 years younger than I am doing the same kinds of things that I did at their age," Jones said.
Jones spoke at the Military Spouse of the Year event in Washington, D.C. where he says maintaining military families and families in general is critical for the "defense of our society" and national security as a whole.
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