Since you are reading War on Terror News, I have to believe that you are concerned with what is happening with our deployed men and woman; so am I.
I am a semi-retired personal trainer who has spent most of my 48 years on earth in some form of athletics. From wrestling to football, baseball, running and triathlon, I have pretty much done it all. In fact, I even taught kung fu and tai chi for twenty years. Like most people involved in athletics, I looked up to many sports figures over the years and some I even tried to emulate in my training. Today, I cannot watch sports; I didn’t even watch the last Super Bowl –American Blasphemy!
My son, while at Camp Pendleton, sent me a picture of Sgt Major Brad Kasal and told me a little bit about his story; that he was shot seven times by an AK-47, covered a fellow Marine to protect him from a grenade -taking 40+pieces of shrapnel, and losing 60% of his blood. He went on to explain that this genuine hero was seen on many occasions, serving food to the men in the chow hall!
This story coupled with the stories my son told of his own training, first in Marine Infantry School and later in BRC (Basic Reconnaissance Course), that what I had previously viewed as heroes, as high caliber athletes, wasn’t even close. I also realized that it was nearly impossible to know real heroes because American media is focused on sports figures and worse; Hollywood.
It’s not popular (yet) but I have started a Facebook page entitled American Hero Underground. The way I see it, if the media refuses to give the attention our military heroes deserve, then what is needed is an “underground” movement and I feel there is no better place to do that than one with over 800 million users. My hope is that you will join me in celebrating the achievements of America’s true heroes by visiting the page, “Liking” it if you are a Facebook user, “Sharing” it so that more people learn about it, and finally, to contribute stories to it, because one person simply cannot highlight all the heroes that deserve to be known.
Thanks for your help!