Seven Heartwarming Veterans Stories

I want to thank those who are following my site. I am going to start using the 4th week each month to send out a new article. Betty.

http://theweek.com/articles/463935/7-heartwarming-veterans-stories-honor-memorial-day

I know it is past memorial day. However, I just came across this and wanted to share.

A dream wedding after a nightmare injury
In 2010, Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez stepped on an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Dominguez was left a triple amputee, losing both legs and one arm. But that didn’t stop him from marrying the love of his life, Alexis. To honor the vet, the town of Temecula, Calif., donated all the elements of their dream wedding — an estimated $30,000 worth of stuff, including the flowers, the venues, the photographer, and the food. But the real icing on the proverbial cake? Dominguez was able to walk down the aisle with his beautiful bride in a sunset ceremony on April 27.

“Did I ever think I was going to get to this point?” Dominguez said. “Yes, yes I did. Because nothing’s changed. I’m a little bit shorter. I lost a couple legs and an arm but my brain’s still here, my heart’s still here.” Check out the video of their story:

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An anonymous surprise
After stopping in a Dunkin Donuts this past March, Samantha Brown returned to her car to find an envelope left under her windshield wipers. Inside she found two $20 bills and a note that read:

“I noticed the sticker on the back of your car. Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you waiting.” — United States Veteran / God Bless. [Huffington Post]

The sticker on the back of Ford’s car read “Half my heart is in Afghanistan.” The heart is her boyfriend Albert John DeSimone, who is serving abroad in the Army. Ford, who lives outside of Boston, went home and posted a photo of the anonymous gift on Facebook, as it was too early to call her boyfriend. Above the photo she said, “There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now. Tears in my eyes. I just wish I could thank whoever did this! God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them.” The picture instantly went viral, racking up more than 1.2 million likes and 142,000 shares. When Ford was finally able to tell DeSimone the touching story, he said it’s people like this who make him proud to be an American soldier.

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The disabled veteran who learned to walk again
Arthur Boorman was a paratrooper in the first Gulf War. His service was quite difficult on his body, and he eventually lost much of the use of his back and knees, forced to rely on wheelchairs and canes. Doctors told him he would never walk without crutches again. Depressed and immobile, Boorman gained a lot of weight. Desperate, Boorman contacted yoga teachers for fitness help. Most took one look at him and said it wasn’t possible. But wrestler-turned-yogi Diamond Dallas Page accepted Boorman’s condition as a challenge, and really believed in the 47-year-old veteran.

In the video that recounts Boorman’s struggle, you see the portly vet struggle to walk even with the help of canes. You see him attempt and fail at balancing in a yoga move. You see him fall again and again — sometimes even flat on his face — and yet you see him get back on that yoga mat. Over time, Boorman sheds the pounds, gains strength and flexibility, and, eventually, the ability to not only walk without help, but also to sprint — his long hair blowing freely behind him — down the road. “Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself,” reads the script on the video’s close. Grab a tissue and see for yourself.

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The homeless veteran hero
He’s known as Staff Sgt. Royal on account of his 10 years in the army. And it was that battlefield training that helped the homeless Seattle veteran save a friend’s life one summer night last year. Royal was just a few blocks away when an argument escalated outside a bar, and an unidentified man shot the homeless man he was fighting with. The victim ran down the street before collapsing. Royal quickly came to his aid. The bullet had struck the man’s femoral artery — a large artery in the thigh that, when ruptured, can cause victims to bleed out. Royal used a belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The man was transported to a nearby hospital and was said to be in stable condition. Royal attributed his knowledge to his medical training at Ft. Carson in Colorado. “I’m just glad I was there,” he said.

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