Browsing: Hero of the week

By now you have heard the news that Mort Walker, the cartoonist who drew Beetle Bailey for over six decades, passed away this weekend at the age of 94. At the time of his death, over 200 million people read his cartoons every day in some 1,800 newspapers around the world. Of all the people who have attempted to draw military-themed cartoons over the years, only two – Mort Walker and Bill Mauldin – have become synonymous with the term military cartoonist; the only difference being that while Mauldin drew Willie and Joe for about six years, Mort drew Beetle…

Next year, men and women who have lived their entire lives in a post-9/11 world will be old enough to join the military. I wish I could tell them what the world was like before they were born, because it was a different place. We were more innocent, maybe, or more naive. The day is seared in my memory, of course, like everyone else – the smoke, the fear, the shared experience of realizing in one agonizing instant that we were under attack – but more than anything else, I cannot forget the jumpers. Anyone who has been in a…

[UPDATE: Thanks for the support on May 4th – Wyakin raised over four thousand dollars that will be used to support the men and women who served and sacrificed for their country. I truly feel we are all in this together and have an obligation to – in the words of a country song – turn around and help the next one in line. It is an honor to be counted in your number.] The organization where I donate a lot of my time serves wounded and injured veterans as they pursue degrees and careers. Today – and today only…

Most deaths have nothing to do with combat, but that doesn’t make it easier for those left behind. This moving tribute to a fallen SEAL shows that although we all die, we still can fight in our own ways. Mack’s motto: Not Dead, Can’t Quit. (click on the image to read the tribute) [Sent to me by Marv, retired Chief Warrant Officer)

Too many veteran programs concentrate on sad stories, personal tragedies and breathtaking heroism. The vast majority of veterans fall somewhere in between. The challenge they all face during transition is in finding new purpose, because in the military they had it. The goal for all of us should be to help them discover and attain a new, equally satisfying purpose in the private sector. This excellent and emotional video (8 min) describes the Wyakin program through the eyes of three wounded veterans. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I support this foundation because it empowers wounded and injured veterans…

Today I give thanks for the love and safety of my family and the warm embrace of friendship. I thank the Lord that we live in a country where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are so much a part of our lives that we rarely even stop to think about how lucky we really are. And I give thanks for those who have sacrificed to make all of that possible. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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