Whether they’re safe at home, currently serving or long-since buried, troops deserve better from us, and certainly deserve more than one day of recognition.
We know this because of the stories you told us about “your” veterans .
You wrote that so many veterans came home and didn’t say much about the experience, summing it up as nothing more than the right thing to do. Here are just a few of the stories you told for them:
• Wes Lippman. “My brother-in-law joined the Marines in 2004 and was deployed to Al-Asad, Iraq. On Sept. 30, 2006, while on a mission, Wes’ humvee was hit by an IED. The blast threw the vehicle into the air and flipped it over backwards. Wes suffered a broken back, fractured arm, shattered feet & other injuries. Today, his scars are still visible, but he has recovered. Though I did not know Wes on that tragic day, I have to imagine he is as strong, proud & heroic today as ever before.” — Sarah Lippman
• Lt Samuel Gilmor. “On 10/10/1943 Lt Samuel Gilmor the Pilot of 4230446 of the 99BG 348BS ordered his crew to Bail Out and stayed with his aircraft and the 4 remaining crew members of his B-17 who were too seriously wounded to bailout. He attempted a crash landing in an olive grove near Panareti, Greece with only one engine running, a fire on the other wing, and continual fighter attack, although wounded himself. He knew no greater love and made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor him and all who served.” — Gary T. Staffo
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