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Lcpl Kerr at Venetian Festival 5k

I really enjoy reading these type of touching stories like this one I’m sharing. It makes my heart happy. Thank-you Lcpl Kerr you are a wonderful-caring man. Big Hugs to you and to the young man you encouraged to finish his race—great job!

boy with Lcpl Kerr

For the 5k at the Venetian Festival in Charlevoix, Lcpl Kerr opted to run the event wearing boots and utes and carrying a ruck sack. Several minutes after the other Marines he was with had finished, Lcpl Kerr still had not crossed the line. They feared his extreme level of motivation may have caused him injury and/or fatigue resulting in him dropping out of the race. Moments before they ran back through the course to recover their fellow Marine, Lcpl Kerr came around the last turn along with this small boy. The boy had become separated from those who he had started the race with. He asked Lcpl Kerr, “Sir? Will you please run with me?”. Throughout the course, Lcpl Kerr urged him on when the boy wanted to give up and ensured that the boy saw the course to completion where he was reunited with his party. By his unwavering commitment to help those in need through his ability to inspire others by his unequivocal level of motivation, Lcpl Kerr reflected great credit upon himself and was keeping in the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.

Post from the story at Seal of Honor

Cody Green; Named Honorary Marine

Cody Green
Ok folks this is a real heart-breaker but such a wonderful story that I read about yesterday on Facebook and I just have to share it with all of cyberspace. So get ready to cry a river and have your tissue box handy than read on.

 Cody Green was a 12-year boy in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months of age. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps. as he bravely fought the battle into remission three times. Although he was cancer-free at the time, the chemotherapy had lowered his immune system and he developed a fungus infection that attacked his brain.
As he struggled to fend off that infection in the hospital, the Marines wanted to show how much they respected his will to live, his strength, honor and courage. The Marines presented Cody with Marine navigator wings and named him an honorary member of the <a class=”zem_slink” title=”United States Marine Corps” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”wikipedia”>United States Marine Corps. But for one Marine, that wasn’t enough. So that night, before Cody Green passed away, he took it upon himself to stand guard at Cody’s hospital door all night long, 8 hours straight.
The Marine on Guard Duty is Sgt. Dolfini, USMC. How proud he makes me to be an American.


Snopes says “TRUE” .. and their account is worth reading.

Would you like to see more stories about our troops?  Go to Once a Marine, Always a Marine.

Combat Trauma – PTSD Awareness June 2013

PTSD Awareness

Enormous stress is the heart of War Trauma — this stress causes physiological or neuro-chemical changes in the functioning of the brain. The symptoms — nervousness, insomnia, anxiety in crowds, jumping at a sudden loud noise — are primitive, involuntary instincts necessary to survival in a combat zone.

When the instinctive, unthinking part of the brain senses danger, it reacts instantly with a flood of stress hormones — the hyper-arousal that prepares the body for “fight or flight.” This is appropriate in combat. But back home, the brain may misinterpret danger signals.

This neuro-chemical mechanism is involuntary! People don’t decide — I want to be stressed out today. It’s just the way we are wired.

Combat trauma can cause our war veterans to feel jittery, disrupt their sleep from bad dreams, become anxious and have flashes of anger and sexual dysfunction that adds to emotional distress, family and marital tensions. Embarrassment and shame make it hard for our soldiers to muster up the courage to deal with it.

Our job is to support our veterans! And the governments job is to help our War Veterans find coping strategies to tolerate their limitations. Read more about Combat Trauma and the inner battle our troops fight after they return home.

Visit the U.S. Government of Veterans Affairs website for more information about PTSD.

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Please support this cause and “LIKE” this Facebook page – Lets Find 1 Million People Who Really Support Our Severely Injured Veterans

words about Suicide

SO TRUE!! If you or someone you know is an emotional crisis–Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) Press 1 for Veterans—ALL others Please stay on the line!!
–Karla

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Memorial Day – U.S. Armed Forces Medley – Tribute Videos


Memorial Day…is a time for thanks and remembrance.


A day to honor America’s bravest sons and daughters who answered the call to defend their nation and, in doing so, made the greatest sacrifice of all.


And in these days of unrest filled with grave uncertainty, let’s not forget the price they paid to keep our country free.



Grant them, O Lord, Eternal peace.


Thank You & God Bless all the members of our military, their family’s and the U.S.A!

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Memorial Day 2013 – Thank You Prayer

Soldier on hill holding an American flag

Lord hold our troops in your loving hands.

Protect them as they protect us.

Bless them & their families for the selfless

acts they perform for us in our time of need.’

In Jesus name,
Amen

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Taylor Morris ~ A Soldier’s Story of Love and Courage

 A beautiful true story told in pictures…….of love and courage!

If he is a hero………..She is an angel!

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Taylor Morris is a Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Technician who was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2012.

On May 3, he was so severely wounded he lost both of his legs, left arm from the bicep down, and right hand.

One thing has remained constant since Taylor sustained his injury: The love and devotion of his long-time girlfriend Danielle Kelly.

Taylor’s friend, photographer Tim Dodd, has captured Taylor and Danielle’s journey in a series of gorgeous photographs.

Taylor Morris.org

Video of Taylor dancing with girlfriend, Danielle –

Read more about their love story 

Tim Dodd photography.

Please Note: I received the photos shown above via a forwarded email. I wanted to put the photos together in a nicer way to view and share them and after putting them into a PowerPoint Presentation I wondered what were the names of these two incredible young people, so I did a search and found quite a bit of information about them and their amazing story. I added this information above and to the end of the presentation.

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