Challenge, Triumph and Change for Wounded Warrior
American hero joins Folds of Honor
- Duration 4:21
- Date Jul 4, 2011
American hero joins Folds of Honor
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On August 17 2004 US army major at Toledo lost his lag has left flag when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq.
It was his third tour of duty and after months of a painful rehab.
The major wanted to give back to the people who helped him.
And his family through the incredible tough time joining us now is the vice president of public relations and military affairs.
For the folds of honor foundation retired army major -- police have.
And his -- we're so glad to have you here.
His wife his beautiful wife Karen his daughter Kate land and then his youngest daughter -- But a -- family and thank you for being here if -- -- our show before and we just love you here.
First of -- take us back to that fateful day it was August 17 2004 what happened.
Yeah as I always say I'm just a proud American I understand the value of serving my country.
And on the seventeenth of August of 2004.
As I was driving through the city of a coup by Iraq I hit an improvised explosive device -- roadside bomb.
Which would subsequently need to be reputation -- my left leg and as I always say -- the enlisted the noncommissioned officer.
And all those that have served our in our nation's uniform.
That know and understand what the training is all about and they were able to.
Render aid in.
This great country is about god country family and all of those served.
In our armed forces and I'm so grateful that they gave me a second chance at life god -- you have such a positive attitude -- -- -- it.
Getting that phone call.
-- in my time friends.
Banging -- a phone call was better than a knock at the doors.
What went through your mind and well.
For those of for the people that know -- and he's always -- So -- like acting like it's not a big deal.
On the head and -- and I had no idea and I saw the pictures and -- and I something pretty and he comes he has.
Countless surgeries -- one surgery seventeen hours.
And very dangerous you're heat you get through all of that go to rehab.
And how you wanna give back what you do indicate that well the thing about -- when you sit on the battlefield you understand that those that serve out worked very hard they don't get paid very much.
And as I came back I understood -- quickly and I needed to give back -- through.
Various programs I found major Dan Rooney my hero my friend.
Along with the -- -- have -- -- and -- up on the foundation what we're doing is we're providing the spouses and children of fallen.
And wounded scholarships to the folds of honor foundation we've awarded over 2000.
We give we were raised over ten million dollars in this -- Of course with the PGA US GA -- life -- and now the king of Beers Budweiser yeah open up the -- Our friends at the race at Daytona 500 instead of their drinking Budweiser is that this new can't tell -- Have incredible -- over a hundred years of history with our military.
The king of Beers -- stepped up to the plate and said you know what we wanna give back.
To our families and we wanna give it -- the folds of -- foundation we plan on raising two million dollars Kevin Harvick had a the paint scheme on his call our 7000.
Hits on on the Budweiser site a thousand tickets to the reds and and the Indians game for men and women in uniform and so what we're doing is trying to get back -- the king of Beers Budweiser this Bud's for you as I always say those are great sponsors.
But you know what they understand the value when we come back from -- that they're gonna take care of our our families.
And us as veterans and he.
All of you did vests and -- -- -- the Budweiser candor changed because of you what you're doing and you turning something.
-- that happened to you tragedy into something so positive real quickly -- pastor daughters dollars acute Caitlin.
You know message for your data fourth -- July.
Have he has a great thank.
Intensely at united methods for your daddy.
He came from it's.
It went in -- Or 1 dollar spent the evening your daddy's Rodney King thank you so much for being here thank you for serving -- percent prodding you.
Well five cents from every Budweiser spot until Labor Day will go to the folds of honor foundation to send children like these adorable little girls to college one day.
Thanks and next on the --