Welcome to 'Stories of Honor', a collection of stories that seeks to explore the depths of human experience through the lives of those who have served our country in the US military, our communities as first responders, or abroad in federal agencies. We’re dedicated to sharing their challenges. We'll be delving into the trials and triumphs of these men and women, who have devoted their lives to serving and protecting our country and communities.
Through the personal accounts of their experiences, we aim to unveil the humanity behind the uniform and to showcase the sacrifices and challenges they have faced. We will be exploring the mental and physical fortitude required to perform their duties, and how they have overcome adversity, and achieved their goals. We will also be highlighting the personal impact of their actions, the way it has changed them, what they have learned and what they are proud of. In this blog, we will be recognizing the true heroes among us, those who have put their lives on the line for the safety and well-being of others. They are the human embodiment of courage, sacrifice and dedication.
We will be showing the reality of the human experience of these individuals, and the emotional depth that goes into their service, the ones who stand ready to risk their lives for the safety and well-being of others. This is a call to action, it is an invitation to look at the best of humanity, and to strive to be better ourselves, in the pursuit of our own collective destiny.
We will be using personal anecdotes, quotes, and multimedia to give you a sense of the individuals' personalities and experiences, and help you connect with their stories. You will see their struggles and triumphs, their sacrifices and their dedication, and gain an understanding of the emotions and experiences that have shaped them.
We invite you to join us on this journey of honoring and celebrating the stories of these heroes, who have sacrificed so much for our safety and well-being. This blog is a platform for them to share their stories, and for the public to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and sacrifices. Thank you for visiting.
Self-Respect can hit in two different ways. One is through fitness. You have to take care of your body in order to thrive. If you just sit on the couch and eat potato chips then you will live a short unhappy life. Self-respect is treating your body like a temple and taking care of it to the best of your ability. The second way self-respect is important is mental health and asking for help. I’ve always played the game of admitting any of that is a weakness. After seeing so many of my peers find so much relief I finally found out how much seeking help and talking to people about it all can help. Without taking care of myself both physically and mentally there is no getting to the objective.
Today, nearly 200,000 of our American service members are deployed in more than 100 countries around the world. But our troops are not as equipped as we’d like to think. Many times, they need resources faster than the government can supply them. Red tape, supply chain issues, or equipment failures mean that our service members are sometimes in the field without the equipment they need to protect themselves or to do the job effectively. When our troops need operational gear, they don’t need it in a few weeks or months. They need it now. Troops Direct fills the gap to protect our service members by supplying them with the equipment they need— usually within days, anywhere around the world. Our troops sacrifice daily to protect us, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. It’s our duty to support them - to provide what they need to accomplish missions and come home safe and in one piece.
This year I am partnering with Legacies Alive, an organization focused on supporting our Nation’s Gold Star Families, by undertaking the 2023 Legacies Alive Challenge. On September 24, 2023, the 12th anniversary of Tyler’s death, I will begin a 425-mile, four week hike from Tyler’s hometown of Dana Point, CA and finish in Ricardo’s hometown of Salinas, CA. My mission is to honor, celebrate, and pay tribute to not just Tyler and Ricardo, but to all who have died in service to the United States of America. The money raised will go towards building permanent memorials, for both Tyler and Ricardo, in each of their hometowns respectively.
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