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When Memorial Day comes around I am reminded of what the Lord has done for me, letting me come back from the fight alive. There was a time when I questioned whether it would have been better for my family if I had died over there, but I know now that the Lord had a purpose for me living, with or without my legs. I am able to tell my story now, and to tell others to remember that even if they don't agree with the war, or don't care for the president, that is no reason to disrespect the troops the way we do, and I believe the returning soldiers deserve more respect than what they are getting.
I am one of the "lucky ones" though I prefer the term blessed, I am going to see my children grow up, and I treasure each moment with them, the Lord has blessed me with Kayleigh and the twins, and I am able to provide for my children, to be there for them, watching them grow up, there are things that I didn't get to do with Kayleigh that I would have liked to like teaching her to ride a bike, but there is so much more that I can do with her, and I am grateful for that.
I remember what our soldiers are doing every day of my life, not only Memorial Day, or Veterans day, because I lived that fight, and I know that sometimes you feel like you walked into the very pit of hell, with bullets flying around, and constantly having to duck from bombs, the road side bombs in some ways are even more dangerous, because the suicide bombers will die for there cause, and will take anyone with them they can.
Why do I write so candidly about this, about walking up in a ditch to find my legs gone, to find that I was laying next to the dead body of a friend, because I feel this is a story that needs to be told, and though it is hard to tell the story, and I am glad I am here to tell it no matter how painful it is.
What was harder than waking up in that ditch though, was waking up in the hospital room realizing this really happened. My legs were gone, and for awhile I felt as if my whole world was gone, but now I know better, I still have so much joy in my life, so much joy in my heart, and despite everything I would do it again.