Last Friday, continuing on the Scoreboard show, David Asman had a group of vets on discussing their entrepreneurial forays once they left the service.
Guests included USMC Vet Tony Swift, who owns a Mr. Rooter franchise; Air Force Vet Gustavo Ramos, who owns a Glass Doctor franchse; and Navy Veteran, Lani Hay, who runs her own I.T. company called Lanmark Technology. All three agreed that not only to vets make great entrepreneurs, but they make REALLY fantastic employees! Dedicated, hard-working and loyal.
What a teriffic way to showcase these heroes. Good on ya, David.
Beck recently interviewed USMC Keith Zeier, who has had a remarkable recovery and is promoting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. From the FirstGiving.com website:
My name is Keith Zeier and I am a Reconnaissance Marine who served with both the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion and the Marine Special Operations Battalion. On July 17th, 2006 I was involved in an IED explosion that left my left leg with both permanent muscle and nerve damage along with a severe head injury. This incident, unfortunately, ended my career in the Marine Corps but it has certainly not stripped me of the determination, perseverance, and mental toughness that I’ve gained while serving as an operator in this small community.
Accordingly, I have decided to run a 100 mile ultramarathon from Key Largo to Key West, Florida in honor of the fallen Recon Marines and Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman who have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am running this race to raise money for the families of the fallen and wounded warriors of the Special Operations community. Every cent of the money raised from this event will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. These operators have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our own civil liberties and we should never forget this.
Actor Kevin Bacon was on with Regis and Kelly this morning talking about his new upcoming HBO movie called “Taking Chance,” in which he plays Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, USMC. In this interview he describes the history and pride behind the military escorts for all of our fallen heroes.
In April 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC, came across the name of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young Marine who had been killed by hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran with 17 years of military service, requested that he be assigned for military escort duty to accompany Chance’s remains to his family in Dubois, Wyo.
Witnessing the spontaneous outpouring of support and respect for the fallen Marine – from the groundskeepers he passed along the road to the cargo handlers at the airport – Strobl was moved to capture the experience in his personal journal. His first-person account, which began as an official trip report, gives an insight into the military’s policy of providing a uniformed escort for all casualties. The story became an Internet phenomenon when it was widely circulated throughout the military community and eventually reached the mainstream media.