If you didn’t realize from some of my posts, I am a big supporter of the charity www.anysoldier.com. You can read here how AnySoldier began. Starting back in 2003, during my first deployment, I was contacted by this happy go lucky guy named Marty Horn who was the president of AnySoldier. After exchanging emails while in Afghanistan, I joined as a Marine to receive packages. Needless to say, we got “supported” ……
During the time that I have known Mr. Horn, he has supported my 200 Marine infantry company in Tarin Kowt Afghanistan, my 300 Marine infantry company in northern Iraq, my fellow Marines in a Marine Division of 3200 Marines in Ramadi Iraq and my Battalion of infantry Marines in Helmand Province Afghanistan. This is just the tip of the iceberg as every Marine he supported during these deployments, educated at least another Marine to the charity to be supported. With just my experience I have witnessed Mr. Horn directly support over 2500 care packages to Marines in harm’s way.
(Maj Pain far right….big fat head with the cigar)
Besides my own firsthand experience to my Marines, I have also witnessed Mr. Horn supporting numerous motorcycle rallies throughout the United States to raise support for deployed service members. As an active rider with the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), he relentlessly built esprit de corps through the PGR and increased attention for deployed service members to the count of 500 and 1000 riders. In addition to the above, I have witnessed Mr. Horn display continuous selfless acts towards service members. For example, he personally assisted a young Marine who was facing personal and finical challenges from his own pocket. To this day, that Marine remembers Mr. Horn and is forever grateful. (just some of what Marty & the Horn family did for deployed warriors)
Marty wasn’t only the president of AnySoldier, he won my respect and he was my friend. Big smiled, always wearing his AnySoldier cap. He & Sue (his wife) came to visit me in N. Carolina where we spent a few nights on the wrap around front porch telling stories as I enjoyed a C-Gar. It was awesome! This guy had a huge heart, (the kind of guy that would give you his shirt off his back…..kind of guy)as does his entire family. His generosity didn’t stop with the troops he routinely “gives” to his family and friends and keeps on the “low” side about it, never looking for recognition.
This week, the Horn family lost Marty to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
When Sue gave me the heads up, I knew I lost a friend. The entire Horn family has been instrumental with Any Soldier, friendly faces and awesome personalities making a difference for warriors. I happen to know hundreds. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
Marty will be buried Monday and from now through Monday, my icon on Facebook will be changed to the picture below as a reminder this weekend that we all lost a soldier, a warrior and a friend. I encourage you to simply change your Facebook profile picture ( right click and save it from this post)as well to honor Marty and his family, who knows, perhaps some of your Facebook friends will ask you why you changed it and you too can share the loss of a great man.
If you “thought” to yourself, “id like to send flowers”. Very good idea, however, there is a GoFund me page set up to support his wife and family for the burial costs. In lieu of sending flowers, this would be a great way to make a difference. EVERY little bit helps.
Marty left knowing he made a difference just like the entire Horn family has and will continue to do. Well done Marty, job well done my friend. You will be missed.