“Before I went into the military I knew everyone, and everyone knew me.. Before I left everyone I knew, and everyone I didn’t know said I was too handsome, too young. I wasn’t going to let that stop me.. I joined for my family.. for my friends..for the people I know.. and for the people I don’t.. Now, no one wants to see me.. no one wants to look at me.. and know one wants to know me..” Bless this man.
The politics of war may be what they are, I'd rather we not have war at all, but things are the way they are & it doesn't change the fact that Soldiers sacrifice immensely for an inherently unselfish cause beyond themselves
MELLISSA STOCKWELL IAVA - Warrior Champions | Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America A first lieutenant, she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. For her service in Iraq she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart She competed in swimming at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, now a three-time world champion paratriathlete,
"Many people remember a fallen soldier as a person in uniform. Sometimes that soldier is the four legged friend who saved your life by being a bomb-sniffing dog and finding the IED and warns you about it before it explodes. This is a sad but beautiful picture of pure respect for 2 fallen heroes."