So you think you have it bad? You think your challenges can’t be beat? Meet Corporal Nicely and Gunnery Sergeant Dave Smith. Marines that have gone well above the call of duty and kicked ass while they did it!
Wounded Warrior Overcomes Loss of Arms & Legs to Pass Driving Test
“Marine Corporal Todd Nicely is nothing short of amazing. The 27-year-old is only the second American to survive losing both his arms and legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.” Some of you that visit OMV regularly may remember that the warrior featured below was with me in AFG. I remember the night he was injured. More so, I remember the day I met him after our deployment at the airport, picked him up out of the airline stretcher and put him in his wheel chair to take him to meet the rest of the warriors arriving back from deployment. What a stud and his wife Crystal (a Marine as well) is equally tough as nails. The most striking point about this stud and his wife was their attitude. Even while his wounds were still healing both of them were positive and motivated. Says a lot about two people who have been to hell and back.
San Diegans step up to help hero Marine hit in DUI
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A battle-tested Marine who was run over by an accused drunk driver remains in critical condition Tuesday. Friends, family and strangers are fighting for the war hero, who fought for his country for the past 17 years, by giving support and donations.
We are told Gunnery Sergeant Dave Smith is making small improvements. His fiancée says his brain is functioning because he is blinking with his eyes to answer yes and no questions. Support for him is pouring in, including a visit from his mother Catherine Joyner, who flew in from North Carolina and saw her son in his hospital bed for the first time.
"It takes your breath away. It makes you want to scoop him up and hold him. It's tough, it's real tough," Catherine said.
San Diego police say on Sunday, Smith was stopped at a red light on his motorcycle in Rancho Bernardo when 21-year-old Jessica Bloom rear-ended him and sped away. A stumbling Bloom was later arrested for drunk driving and felony hit and run.
Dave Rickards from Jack FM's DSC was one of the first to reach out and help the war hero, who survived four tours of duty with major combat.
"I heard he had survived an IED only to come home and get plowed over by a lady while he was sitting on the road in Rancho Bernardo. What dumb luck," Rickards said.
The DSC made a $1,000 donation to Smith's family, and they weren't alone. Radio talk show host Mike Slater from 760 AM wasn't surprised when his listeners came through with airfare and hotel expenses for Smith's family.
"Especially when it comes to our military, we love them so much and we realize that we have everything for them is because of them, and we'd have nothing without them," Slater said.
With help from the military and private donations, Smith's 14-year-old daughter Kaitlyn will also be able to visit her father free of charge.
"It restores my faith in the human race, because I work in the prison system where I don't see the good part of the human race," Catherine said.
Catherine knows all about inmates locked up behind bars, which is where Jessica Bloom is right now awaiting a Wednesday arraignment.
"And to leave him there, that's the big part, that's the hardest part of accepting what she has done is that she just left him there. I don't know how anybody could do that. He gave her her freedom to do whatever she does and she just left him there," Catherine said.