Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Idea of a Hero

This post had a lot of different ways it could go because I have tons of new exciting things going on in my life right now.. but today I was browsing through my favorite bloggers and stumbled upon Lauren's Blog over at Faith and Deployments and discovered this awesome littlegive away she is doing.. you can read her post about HERE

Anyways, Lauren was given a necklace with solid sterling silver chain and encased in a sterling silver bezel, our liberated Iraqi coin symbolizes freedom and the sacrifices made to preserve it. (She has more descriptions about the necklace in her blog) Anyways, I thought that was really cool but as I read further I discovered that the company also gave her something to give as a give away to a hero. This is where my post comes in, you were to nominate someone in a comment on her blog and got an extra nomination for blogging about it. I'm blogging about it mostly because it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately. The only requirement was that you nominate someone other then yourself and they be active duty.

The prize is a single coin in a velvet case as a part of Honor One in a Million Project that gives veteran's a symbol of honor and gratitude for their service. Here is a picture of the coin.

It instantly clicked in my head that I must nominate someone and that someone was, SSgt Gary Patterson with the US Marine Corps. 

Gary is a friend and the husband of my best friend. He is a prime example of motivation, determination, and inspiration. He continually pushes through trial after trial, and even still finds a way to smile and make everyone around him laugh. He is probably one of the funniest people I know. Gary has served at least 4 tours in Iraq and has deployed 9 times in his career. He has 4 kids, two from a previous wife, and the custody battles have taken a huge tole on his family. Instead of being honored for his service to our country, the court system continuously punishes him. Gary is one of the greatest dads, and he and his wife want nothing more then a happy, stable life for all 4 of their children. In their troubling times, I want nothing more to be able to provide stability and other alternatives for them, but since that's not possible what I really want is to do is remind Gary that his service hasn't gone unnoticed. He has done everything for his country and for his family. He truly is a definition of a hero and he doesn't get honored nearly enough.

Anyways, that's my shout out to Patty and the Patterson clan! Check back tomorrow for more updates!

1 comment:

  1. Aww I just called Gary and read it together! I am truly honored that you chose to write about him and that you feel for our family! He is truly amazing and I am very lucky to have him, as I am to have you as a friend (family!) as well! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


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