That Was The Way He Was

Sergeant Dennis Weichel, 29, of the Rhode Island National Guard, was riding in a convoy in eastern Afghanistan when some children were spotted in the road ahead, picking up shell casings, which are recycled for money. The soldiers in the convoy got out of their vehicles to get the children out of the way of […]

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The End of the World

Edward Waszkiewicz told USA Today that in 1941 he saw three planes swoop down onto a row of eight U.S. battleships in Pearl Harbor stating, “Then all hell broke loose. That’s when the war really started.” Read the story of what this heroic firefighter did then.

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A Hero’s Homecoming

Just four months into the war in Iraq, a Humvee was leading a convoy of soldiers between Ar Ramadi and Fallujah when an improvised explosive device exploded as the vehicle rolled over it. As the blast blew through the armor, Captain Josh Byers, 29, called out, “Sergeant, we’ve hit an IED. Keep moving forward!” The […]

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Don’t Ask Me That Question

It’s hard for someone who is not an emergency responder to understand what one truly is, what one truly does. It’s not always what it looks like, and civilians don’t know what they don’t know. J.C. is a career firefighter who is asked – again – about the worst thing he’s ever seen. His answer, posted on, […]

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A Hero’s Image

Off-duty Kentucky State Police trooper Rick Conn was returning home when he turned into his subdivision. He noticed what appeared to be a mist and assumed it was a water leak. As he passed one home, a fiery blast suddenly blew through his driver’s side window. “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, […]

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In the Storm

When the Deckers built their dream home, like many families, they allowed their kids to put their initials in the freshly poured concrete, recalling, “We’re never going to be leaving here.” But, on this particular day their home would be forever changed. “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will […]

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A Constant Yearning

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Henderson of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Division was in command of 1,200 Marines in southern Afghanistan. Just two months into his deployment, he was ordered to capture a Taliban stronghold known as Jugroom Fort. It was surrounded by tunnels, machine-gun bunkers, minefields, IEDs, and defended by up to 400 Taliban fighters. […]

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