Lisa Jennison says if she could trade places with her son, Lance Cpl. Tommy Parker, who lost his legs an a hand in an IED blast, she'd do it "in a heartbeat."
The requirements one has to meet to become a Marine are set fairly high and we don’t lower our standards. The Marines of 3rd Bn 5th Marines have all returned home from their deployment in Afghanistan. 3/5 had the highest casualties of the Afghan war: 25 Marines died and more than 150 were wounded — many of those wounded were double and triple amputees.Click here to listen to them speak about their challenges first hand.
I kept a close eye on 3/5 deployment and knew the ground they were on from my previous deployments. I watched 3/5 because my nephew was in 3/5. Every KIA report I received (I get them all) made me begin to think how I would react if his name came up. Then I stopped thinking about it, ignoring the possibility for the time.
“Losing your legs is kind of like becoming a little kid again,” says Marine Lance Corporal Tommy Parker
Many of those wounded Marines are still in the fight. Perhaps not in Afghanistan but in the fight to get their bodies to do what their minds are telling them to do. I can’t imagine their frustration or of their spouses, parents or families frustrations especially when they see their loved one fighting to regain control of their body. One person that was there when 3/5 came home was Mark Soto, a high school football coach from Granite Bay, Calif., and the father of a Marine. He wanted to get these Marines stroy "out there." Armed with a camera he has developed a documentary called The Day Remembered (below).
Some are finding ways to overcome their physical challenges some are simply refusing to be beaten and continue to attack their challenges with the same spirit that made them become Marines in the first place. Those high requirements we set to become a Marine were set for a reason. To test the physically and mentally strong. We knew they were physically strong, now our wounded warriors from 3/5 are proving that they are also mentally strong. Keep attacking heroes. That’s what each one of you are, heroes!
Time for a CGar!