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Having a rough day? Christmas shopping getting to you? Boss on your back? Well, things could be a lot worse. Read these Marines stories and put your own problems in a little bit better perspective.

A few snippets.

It’s been a tough year: His father died, and his mother’s been sick. And some jerk stole the sergeant’s truck, which had been parked back home in Houston.

So what does he worry about? The other Marines wounded in the blast - and, especially, his Navy corpsman. The medic’s still in a coma down in Tampa Bay and may never come out of it. He’s never seen the child his wife delivered a few months ago.

Gunny Scott was burned over 40 percent of his body. He’s been in rehab for 16 months, with “too many operations to count.” Despite reconstructive surgery, his face still tells of wounds.

Fire shot through the vehicle. He suffered third-degree burns over 56 percent of his body, along with bone exposure. He looks fine now - but, under his garments, he has to keep his skin moisturized at all times.

Sgt. Martinez took shrapnel in his eyes. The retinal damage to his left eye limits him to three inches of vision. The right eye’s stronger, but his peripheral vision is gone and the discrepancy between his eyes prevents him from wearing corrective lenses as he walks. He’s at a point where further operations would only risk the vision that remains.

Now I’m not posting any of this to give you all a guilt trip. In fact, quite the opposite. Listen to how these Marines are dealing with their injuries.

His chief ambition is still to become a drill sergeant. Missing a leg, he arranged for the Marine Corps logo to be painted on his prosthesis. “I was back on my feet in three months,” he says proudly - but he still faces all-day therapy.

But this Marine’s Marine is 1,000 miles away from self-pity: “Hey, this is what I do for a living, this is what I chose.”

He’s come a long way, though. His parents had been at his bedside for two weeks before he “really” woke up in the burn center. Now he’s determined to move on: “For a long time, I was pretty depressed . . . for four or five months . . . but over time I came to grips with it: This is my new body.”

He was a police officer back home in Arkansas (the chief and his fellow officers came down to visit). That’s over now - but Traxson, who holds a degree in criminal justice, intends to go to law school. And he’s really looking forward to going home for Christmas.

The sergeant calls himself lucky: Others died. He’s alive, with a girlfriend he adores and college ahead. “Whatever I decide to do, I’ll get it done,” the Marine said.

Do not pity them. Do not feel guilt because you are whole while they are not, or that you allow your daily inconveniences to overwhelm you at times. Thats human after all. Instead use these mens bravery and fortitude as examples of true strength in facing real adversity. And while you are in the giving spirit this Christmas season, consider maybe plinking a little change towards the Fisher House or to the Warrior and Family Support Center by calling 1-888-343-HERO.

They gave for us after all.

11 Responses to “Having a bad day?”
  1. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Thanks Crunch,

    I needed that, and you’re right…it does put things in perspective. I’m completely burnt out
    from too much freelance work, burdens at school, and finals at college….not to mention the
    Christmas press….and I gotta be honest with you, I was feeling a little sorry for myself. But ya’ know, I can’t even stand up to what these guys are going through, talk about character and defining what an American is and should be……there’s no way I can measure up to these heroes….

    but I can support ‘em, and I will defend them against their enemies here at home….and that’s the best I can do. God Bless them all, and heal them.

    Problems? I got not problems….I’m just getting lifed on, that’s all.

  2. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Want an easy, heartfelt, and non-intrusive way to say Thank You to a Soldier when you meet on the street, in the stores, at the airport? I found this link this morning and had to grab the tissues.

    Thanks Crunchie….you always know how to find the stories that remind us why we should never stop being thankful for those that sacrifice everything for us.

  3. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Everytime I read your posts, my office gets very dusty…

    So yes, instead of getting annoyed at the fact that I have trouble finding a parking spot, or I have to wait in line at the grocery store, I’ll be thinking of these fine people who have gone beyond duty and gave their all. The flags of our Nations illuminate us all with the glory these soldiers filled them with… There will never be enough words to express or describe the gratitude and admiration these people deserve.

    An eternal Thank You to the soldiers of our respective nations, and to all of the world’s soldiers standing to guard the freedom of their respective countries.

  4. hilljohnny Comment by hilljohnny

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    crunchie you’ve nailed it again. you really should find a way to publish. :em69:

  5. Wild Thing Comment by Wild Thing

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    Thank you and thank you too for your wonderful support of our troops. This should post should be seen by everyone.

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    Never Forget Our Injured Marines Fighting On…

    Regarding our wounded, to the left they are numbers, to you and I they are Heroes. Our troops are not expendable, not to you and I and each one receives our respect and grateful hearts so filled that even words are hard to come by sometimes.

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    I have been reading these stories all week-sent them $5 and wish I could do more-they deserve our thanks and gratitude :em69: thanks vets

  8. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    Mrs M You beat me to the punch with the Gratitude Campaign, I was going to write a post about it tonight.

    And you’re right. It IS a wonderful and non-obtrusive way to say Thank You to those who are truly deserving of it.

  9. Thresher Redux Comment by Thresher Redux

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    Good post, Crunchie.

    I don’t have really anything else to say, other then that, if I feel tired and kinda bummed after a day of school/whatever, I read stuff like that and can’t even say I’ve had a truly bad day in 5 years.

    Makes all my current BS I call stressful shrink to nothing.

  10. LC Draco Comment by LC Draco

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    Thanks, Crunchie!! You always have a way of putting things in perspective…

    /salute

    R.L.T.W. and Semper Fi!!

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