Walking Out Of Germania

Chris, 23, "Adult" - History Fanatic
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semperannoying:

Who does something like this? Look closely at the picture on the left. That’s Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer.
A bomb in Afghanistan had just blown off his leg, his hand, and three fingers on his other hand. And yet there he is smiling. And he was doing it on purpose.
GySgt. Meyer ordered another Marine to take this picture. He forced a smile despite the pain, because he was worried about the impact his injuries would have on his squad. He hoped the picture would make it easier for them to deal with what happened.
Can you imagine? He was just seriously injured and yet he was thinking about his fellow Marines and how THEY were feeling.
I find that kind of spirit beyond remarkable. And it’s that spirit that is helping GySgt. Meyer through his recovery process. And helping him become independent despite his injuries.
The picture on the right is him now. He says: “I focus on what I have left, not what I lost.”  What a great attitude.
GySgt. Meyer also works for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, counseling fellow combat veterans.  And he uses the picture of him injured to show them what’s possible.
He says:  “It’s the exact opposite of what somebody expects you to do.  So when I show it to people and they are inspired by it, instead of being shocked, I know they get it.”
I hate war. I hate seeing how many young men and woman have lost their lives. And I hate seeing how many young men and women have suffered life changing injuries.
But at the same time, I find stories about veterans like GySgt. Meyer incredibly powerful. They are a reminder that there is always hope, no matter how bad the situation is.  They are a reminder that all of us are capable of so much more than we think we are. And they are a reminder to NEVER give up.
Thank you GySgt. Meyer. To you and all other veterans: Stay strong!
Story and pictures courtesy AP

semperannoying:

Who does something like this?
Look closely at the picture on the left.
That’s Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer.

A bomb in Afghanistan had just blown off his leg, his hand, and three fingers on his other hand.
And yet there he is smiling.
And he was doing it on purpose.

GySgt. Meyer ordered another Marine to take this picture.
He forced a smile despite the pain, because he was worried about the impact his injuries would have on his squad. He hoped the picture would make it easier for them to deal with what happened.

Can you imagine?
He was just seriously injured and yet he was thinking about his fellow Marines and how THEY were feeling.

I find that kind of spirit beyond remarkable.
And it’s that spirit that is helping GySgt. Meyer through his recovery process. And helping him become independent despite his injuries.

The picture on the right is him now.
He says: “I focus on what I have left, not what I lost.”
What a great attitude.

GySgt. Meyer also works for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, counseling fellow combat veterans.
And he uses the picture of him injured to show them what’s possible.

He says:
“It’s the exact opposite of what somebody expects you to do.
So when I show it to people and they are inspired by it, instead of being shocked, I know they get it.”

I hate war.
I hate seeing how many young men and woman have lost their lives.
And I hate seeing how many young men and women have suffered life changing injuries.

But at the same time, I find stories about veterans like GySgt. Meyer incredibly powerful.
They are a reminder that there is always hope, no matter how bad the situation is.
They are a reminder that all of us are capable of so much more than we think we are.
And they are a reminder to NEVER give up.

Thank you GySgt. Meyer.
To you and all other veterans: Stay strong!

Story and pictures courtesy AP

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c-hange:

super-who-lockian:

rawrxja:

"I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I though maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him. As I had assumed, she was his wife. But I didn’t expect such an interesting story. They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone. People told him he was crazy, to which he replied “I am. Crazy in love”. On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either. He proposed immediately and they were married for 55 years before her death 5 years ago. He still celebrates her birthday and their anniversary. He takes her picture with him everywhere and kisses her goodnight. Some inspiring things he said;"I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love""I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates""People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it.""Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, have I told you that I love you lately?"Be sure to talk to the elderly. Especially strangers. You may think that you will brighten their day, but you may be surprised that they can actually brighten yours.”

This is beautiful.

I cried.

this is wonderful and amazing and one of the reasons i volunteer with old people

b0mbb:

c-hange:

super-who-lockian:

rawrxja:

"I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I though maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him. 

As I had assumed, she was his wife. But I didn’t expect such an interesting story. They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone. People told him he was crazy, to which he replied “I am. Crazy in love”. On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either. 

He proposed immediately and they were married for 55 years before her death 5 years ago. He still celebrates her birthday and their anniversary. He takes her picture with him everywhere and kisses her goodnight. 

Some inspiring things he said;

"I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love"

"I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates"

"People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it."

"Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, have I told you that I love you lately?"

Be sure to talk to the elderly. Especially strangers. You may think that you will brighten their day, but you may be surprised that they can actually brighten yours.”

This is beautiful.

I cried.

this is wonderful and amazing and one of the reasons i volunteer with old people

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vinegod:

Sir Ian McKellen has some important advice for students