Born unto a different cloth, there are men in this world who host an uncommon desire. For those who hope to one day join the elite few, we hope to provide you with the proper intel to help you achieve your goal... and maybe one day meet up down range
On 28 June, 2005, 19 service members lost their lives while conducting Operation Red Wings.
The result of the operation was that the insurgent presence left that area of the Korangal Valley with U.S. forces sustaining heavy casualties. Those anti-coalition forces later returned to the area three weeks later.
Who does something like this? Look closely at the picture on the left. That’s Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer.
A bomb in Afghanistan had just blown off his leg, his hand, and three fingers on his other hand. And yet there he is smiling. And he was doing it on purpose.
GySgt. Meyer ordered another Marine to take this picture. He forced a smile despite the pain, because he was worried about the impact his injuries would have on his squad. He hoped the picture would make it easier for them to deal with what happened.
Can you imagine? He was just seriously injured and yet he was thinking about his fellow Marines and how THEY were feeling.
I find that kind of spirit beyond remarkable. And it’s that spirit that is helping GySgt. Meyer through his recovery process. And helping him become independent despite his injuries.
The picture on the right is him now. He says: “I focus on what I have left, not what I lost.” What a great attitude.
GySgt. Meyer also works for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, counseling fellow combat veterans. And he uses the picture of him injured to show them what’s possible.
He says: "It’s the exact opposite of what somebody expects you to do. So when I show it to people and they are inspired by it, instead of being shocked, I know they get it.”
I hate war. I hate seeing how many young men and woman have lost their lives. And I hate seeing how many young men and women have suffered life changing injuries.
But at the same time, I find stories about veterans like GySgt. Meyer incredibly powerful. They are a reminder that there is always hope, no matter how bad the situation is. They are a reminder that all of us are capable of so much more than we think we are. And they are a reminder to NEVER give up.
Thank you GySgt. Meyer. To you and all other veterans: Stay strong!
The price for what we have will never change, for the demand for freedom will remain the same, and the supply of those willing to defend it will be constant. I don’t know if war will truly disappear, but I’m sure as hell glad that people like GySgt. Meyer will be at the ready. On this day, you that live in the United States are celebrating your Day of Independence, but we can all agree that we stand together in our fight to protect that which we care about, because the price will always be high, but we will pay it. Earned on their shoulders, not placed in our hands.