You may remember this
story about Sgt. Al Brenner who like many of our wounded warriors, find themselves
in a hard place only to have some turn to suicide. I contacted the warrior
after I heard of his story and as an update, he now has a home! Al has broken
the code on the specifics in making a difference and wants to tell the world. I
wonder why the government & country he went to war for isn’t listening to
him? This is one Marine making a difference and he tells us how below.
If you are watching this and are home or at most at work, remember, your Monday isn't really that bad. You are not dealing with extreme weather, crappy environment or even more so, people trying to kill you. Kinda puts the "bad Monday" in perspective now doesnt it? Remember those fighting, many have forgot we are here.
I used to be adventurous with Mother’s Day gifts. One year I gave
my mom a few strawberry bushes that she could plant in the backyard. It
seemed really sweet until the ensuing rash on her hands made it clear
that she was allergic to strawberries, and the ensuing patch of lifeless
brown dirt made it clear that strawberries don’t grow in Boston in the
It’s been a year since Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Benny
Flores was thrown from the back of a pickup truck in southwest
Afghanistan by a suicide-bomb blast. Since then, he’s had some time to
reflect on what followed — about 20 minutes of chaos, during which his
valor under enemy fire earned him a Silver Star.
But his reflection on the April 2012 attack in Zaranj, the capital of Nimruz province, centers around one man.
"What goes on around you... compares little
with what goes on inside you."
— Ralph Waldo
Everyone has been given a gift in life. Some people
have a gift for science and some have a flair for art. And warriors have been
given the gift of aggression. They would no more misuse this gift than a doctor
would misuse his healing arts, but they yearn for the opportunity to use their
gift to help others. These people, the ones who have been blessed with the gift
of aggression and a love for others, are our sheepdogs. These are our
Some great rules for Dadiooos of all ages. Its amazing how fast those lil warriors grow up. One minute your living pay check to pay check, and they are babies, the next minute they are teen agers and becomming young adults. Dont blink Dads, it goes fast and yes, your gonna miss this. (listen to this while you read the below)(by Michael Mitchell)
1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big
heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the
odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her
much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it
is. I’d prefer good.