Tomorrow is Nov 30th which is Giving Tuesday! Some of you may ask what is Giving Tuesday and the Giving Tuesday Military??? Well, check the video out ad let’s get out there and spread kindness. Giving Tuesday is tomorrow and below is the link to the Green Beret Foundation event page fundraiser for Giving Tuesday! Enjoy. https://fundraise.greenberetfoundation.org/…/c373169#tipofthespearrmh#GivingTuesday#GivingTuesday2021#GivingTuesdayMilitary#greenberetfoundation
What an amazing event at the inaugural Green Berets at Golden Bear golf event in Orlando! Special thanks to the Green Beret Foundation, Ben Loper, and John Paluska for giving me this opportunity to attend and a huge shout out for bringing in 200 copies of my book to be gifted to all the golfers. Special thanks to the Title Sponsor Hilton Grand Vacations, the Green Berets, Special Forces spouses, and everyone else that made this event happen. I’m definitely looking forward to next year! De Oppresso Liber.
Another amazing job by Ryan Blanck and Hanger Clinic with doing the impossible. I have a habit of outworking my leg devices but I’m truly surprised this visit. Getting me a device where I can do my workouts providing me the explosive power, stability, and resilience to the wear and tear I put on the device is no easy task but Ryan knocked it out of the park like always giving opportunities after injuries that most would not have. It’s amazing how so many like myself have been given a second chance to live the life I want through medical technology.
The war in Afghanistan, the longest in U.S. history is over. We have gone through the frantic evacuation of tens of thousands of Americans, Afghans, and other civilians from Kabul. We as a nation endured the death of 13 Marine Corp heroes along with the fact we have left hundreds of Americans still stranded in Afghanistan. All this leaves one question front and center with many servicemembers who served there; was it worth it?
Those who saw the war up close struggle to find answers and make sense of everything myself included. When it comes to the answer of whether it was worth it or not I have come to my own personal conclusion; yes it was worth it. People ask me how I can say this? We lost a lot of brothers and sisters in arms there, and many more lives changed by injury so how can I say it was worth it? For me it boils down to this; we planted the seeds of freedom in Afghanistan. The Afghan people got a taste of freedom because of our presence and this idea will continue to grow as good Afghans rise up to take their county back. Was it worth it for me? Hell yea it was worth it. Now we as a country must do the right thing and get our American Citizens out, and get ready to support those who rise up to fight for a free and peaceful future in Afghanistan.
Never did I think one year ago when my book, Tip of the Spear released would it have ever seen the light of day. Not a bad thing because I had no expectations at all, I just wanted to get my message out in hopes that it would reach someone who may be looking for answers. Now, a year later, I’m blown away by the results. From making the best sellers list on Amazon to reaching thousands of readers, I’m truly blessed. The people who have contacted me to let me know what my book did for them and to share their stories with me have made it completely worth it. One year ago I was unsure if I wanted to put my life on blast for all to read because I did not sugar coat anything, it was me, raw and uncut, but I know I made the right choice. I’m excited to see what another year brings and even more excited to enjoy the journey with everyone who wants to come along for the ride.
I have spent many Memorial Days in Afghanistan but as I close out this last one before US forces leave, I want to reflect back on the men and women who gave everything for our great country in defense of our freedoms and way of life. I believe Memorial Day is a time to celebrate the lives of our nation’s heroes forever keeping their memories alive. I think General Patton said it best when he said “It’s foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should Thank God such men lived.
In my career, I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve in the company of so many hero’s. I thank God every day I was given the opportunity to be a man amongst giants. So I hope you enjoy your time with your families, friends, and loved ones. Enjoy the freedoms we love as Americans and let us as a nation never forget those who answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms we cherish so much.
Today is about them, let us never forget. God Bless America.
As we continue to withdraw forces out of Afghanistan I reflected on the nearly 4 years total in deployments I’ve spent in Afghanistan and how this place has changed my life for the better. I will always remember the sacrifices made by so many that I have served with and my mind is flooded with the good times I’ve had and the lifelong friendships I’ve made. The bonds I have formed in combat with my Afghan brothers are unbreakable, these memories I will forever cherish and I will always keep close to my heart those who laid down their lives for hope, freedom, and a better future for Afghanistan. To those who answered our nation’s call and did not make it home, may we live our lives to the best of our abilities as they would have wanted us to. De Oppresso Liber.
As I hit my midway point on my 8th deployment to Afghanistan it is easy to get into a routine and let special moments pass you by. You don’t have to be in Afghanistan to know what I’m talking about, this is about life and the ruts or routines we bury ourselves in. I was reminded today to take a break from time to time to capture the beauty that is all around us, even in the middle of the desert. God Bless America.
This being my 8th deployment to Afghanistan one thing that never changes is the friends you gain. I’ve worked a lot with our Afghan partners and I feel it is impossible to deploy here and not make friends. I love working with our Afghan counterparts and always looking for little opportunities to take a few Hollywood pictures when we can.