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This is my favorite day because it is the only day, really, that I can talk about my true hero. She does not like the spotlight or fanfare, but today I will take the risk. For thirty years she and I have walked arm in arm through all that life has thrown our way. Joy. Tragedy. Hardships and laughter. But through it all, she has always been there. You never know who you are marrying, really. It takes a year or two before the protective walls dissolve and you see the real person for who she is. What I found…

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I donate most of my free time to assisting severely wounded, injured and ill veterans transition out of the military and into civilian careers through the Wyakin Warrior Foundation. Wyakin is a Native American term meaning “Guardian Spirit.” I am but a small part of a large cadre of volunteers from the community who, along with a small staff, have wrapped themselves around these incredible young veterans as they shun their physical challenges and charge forward toward their dreams. It is the hardest and most satisfying…

It is not an inclusive service, unless you are one of them. They welcome men and women from all walks of life, but only if they can prove themselves worthy. They can be terrible, but only to those who consider the United States their enemy. To those who hate us, the Marines are the manifestation of ferocity and brutal efficiency. They exist because we needed warriors, and warriors they are. They are not soft – not even close – but even in the most desperate hours they show compassion to the innocent victims of tyranny, oppression and the cruelties of…

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