Browsing: Hero of the week

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.

In May of this year, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Charlie Keating IV was killed in northern Iraq when his quick reaction force confronted over a hundred ISIS fighters who were threatening to overwhelm a small American advise-and-assist team and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces it was supporting. A US Naval Institute article from May 4, 2016 describes the scene: “The U.S. advise-and-assist team – composed of fewer than a dozen U.S. troops — was in the town of Tel Askuf when the force of more than 120 ISIS fighters pushed into the area. The ISIS force was made up…

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