Leading the fight against al Qaeda in Afghanistan, the courageous veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom have played a vital role in strengthening freedom throughout the Middle East. After launching a blistering assault in 2001, which led to the fall of the infamous Taliban regime, American forces have vigorously pursued their mission to secure the peace. Hunting down terrorists and bringing them to justice, these brave warriors continue to advance America's strategic interests in the region. Exhibiting tireless devotion to duty and an unyielding commitment to the task at hand, the veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom have earned the respect and admiration of their fellow citizens. This coin honors the skill, courage, and devotion to duty demonstrated by all those who have helped make Operation Enduring Freedom a success. The obverse features a rendering of the nation of Afghanistan beneath the word "Veteran." The reverse depicts a CH-47 Chinook helicopter passing over a snow-capped mountain peak. In the foreground stands a soldier surveying the landscape. The reverse also bears the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign ribbon. Struck in a brass alloy and accented with bold enamel color on both sides, this coin comes packaged with a detailed header card that describes the courage and skill of all those who have served during Operation Enduring Freedom.