Browsing: Hero of the week

Every day I get the privilege of working with some incredible human beings. Each of them has suffered a life-altering injury in service to the country, and as we get to know each veteran, we learn what overcoming challenges really means. To me, it might be dealing with some lingering knee pain. To Wyakin Warriors like Colby Morgan, it is dealing with blindness that resulted from receiving a series of shots as he prepared to deploy to Afghanistan. His body reacted to them by damaging his eyes. What would you do as a suddenly-blind teenager whose Army career was so…

Fifteen years ago on October 7 a U.S. led coalition began Operation Enduring Freedom in retaliation for the terrorist attacks on the United States a few weeks earlier. US and coalition forces used Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (or TLAM for short), air strikes, precision bombing, and special operations to begin it all, soon followed by more conventional boots on the ground. For the first time since NATO’s inception in 1949, Article V was invoked, which states, “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against…

This lady has asked for anonymity, but what I can tell you is that Monday was her birthday. It was a milestone birthday – one of the biggies. But she doesn’t want me to make a big deal out of it. She has known me and my brothers for our entire lives – the only person on the planet who can say that except maybe my big brother – so when she lays down the law, we listen. But take a look at that picture. It is the picture of a lady who grabs life by the tail at an…

On September 12, 2001 America woke up to this iconic image. A huge flag was draped over the side of the Pentagon as military and civilian employees went back to work in the still-burning building, both actions serving to notify the world that our national resolve could not be shaken by random acts of terrorism. What most of us do not know is that a smaller version of the flag was posted on the roof on the night of 9/11. According to a news report by Laura Evans of Fox 5 out of Washington, D.C., she was approached by an…

Although there are Americans in harm’s way right now, and although we vow to never forget, I think that some of us do. And then, unexpectedly, we stumble upon a video that brings it all back again and renews our commitment to remember those who have fallen, those who bear the scars, and those who still serve in dangerous, far away places. Click on the video to watch a touching, dignified airport ceremony for a fallen Soldier. We who were in the military sometimes forget that there is an American spirit that resides within all of us – not just…

Anyone who rides a motorcycle will tell you that Sturgis is happening right now. For those not familiar with Sturgis, it is a small town in South Dakota that attracts thousands of riders each year for its motorcycle festival. This year, Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel (see video below) was injured in a crash on the way to the event. He went into surgery on Tuesday and is recovering at a local hospital. If you would like to send your best wishes to him, you can send him a card at: Gary G Wetzel PO Box 84 Oak Creek,…

From the USCG website: “The U. S. Coast Guard is simultaneously and at all times a military force and federal law enforcement agency dedicated to maritime safety, security, and stewardship missions. We save lives. We protect the environment. We defend the homeland. We enforce Federal laws on the high seas, the nation’s coastal waters and its inland waterways. We are unique in the Nation and the world. The Coast Guard has been in service in one form or another since August 4, 1790.” Now THAT is a mission statement! On August 4, 1790, President Washington authorized the, “…construction of ten…

Jack Davis, legendary cartoonist, diehard Georgia Bulldog, and Navy veteran, died last week at the age of 91. His death sent shock waves throughout the nation. He joined the Navy in World War II, serving in the far east. When he came home he embarked on one of the most successful illustration careers in modern times. He was one of the original “Gang of Idiots” at MAD Magazine, and was famous not only for his unique style, but also for being one of the fastest caricaturists on the planet. The New York Times ran a nice article about Jack, and…

I just received a beautiful brochure celebrating the retirement of Lieutenant Commander Dan Saulnier, who retired after thirty-six years of loyal and dedicated service to the Royal Canadian Navy. He was an engineer, and in his retirement program I found this excellent poem that dramatically describes life in the hole. The Men Who Sail Below Now each of us from time to time, has gazed upon the sea. And watched the warships pulling out, to keep this country free. And most of us have read a book, or heard a lusty tale. About the men who sail these ships, through…

Clarence Busch only spent twenty-three of his ninety-nine years in the Navy, but those twenty-three years left an indelible mark on him and those who knew him. Like most men his age, he served in World War II, but unlike many of his generation, he served before the war as well. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and was witness to the beginning of the great world conflict that was about to unfold. He saw the end of it too, as well as the entire Korean War. His goal had been to match Bob Hope and…

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