I am routinely amazed at the tenacity of our young warriors. There isn’t a day that goes by that Im not proud of our gunfighters as they continue to serve in the worst conditions, deal with very bad people and handle the situation while extreme pressure with spectacular results.
Saying this, it really frustrates me to see our young warriors come home or for that matter come back from deployments and be treated like kids by their command and the unknowingly general public. The masses in America have no clue what these young warriors go through. Sure you may read or hear about what they go through but I have a sneaky suspension that if you your life was put under their care you would have a different appreciation for them.
Not until a warrior goes to hell and back and yet continues to demonstrate the tenacity of a warrior does the general public begin to realize just what they are made of. Think about that next time you are talking to one of our countries warriors. Many won’t let you see behind the curtain, trust me though; there is a colorful history there.
It’s too bad it takes a warrior like this, in this state of condition, show his dedication to get people’s attention. Remember America, these warrior volunteered to serve this country. Time for a C-Gar.
This is what Josh’s wife Taylor posted to her FB:
"I received this picture today along with a letter from the commander of the team Josh was a part of on the night of his injuries. A letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to. He explained to me what happened and what was going on in the picture.
“Josh was seriously wounded as you know, and survived for almost two hours after his injury before arriving to the hospital. Josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries and emerged hours later into an intensive care unit here at our base in Afghanistan.
Despite being in intense pain and mental duress, Josh remained alert and compassionate to the limited Rangers that were allowed to visit his bedside. Prior to Josh being moved to Germany for his eventual flight to America, we conducted a ceremony to award him with the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
A simple ceremony, you can picture a room full of Rangers, leaders, doctors, and nurses surrounding his bedside while the Ranger Regimental Commander pinned the Purple Heart to his blanket. During the presentation the Commander publishes the official orders verbally and leaned over Josh to thank him for his sacrifice.
Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen.
I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day. Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character. The picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every news paper is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”
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