Hero Stories

A Hometown Hero from Clarksville, Indiana

Greg Gilkey was kind enough to write us about his stepson, SGT James Daniel Faulkner. SGT Faulkner was killed in action in Iraq on September 8, 2004. Sgt. James Daniel Faulkner was born on April 28, 1981 in Clarksville Indiana to James and Pamela Faulkner. Daniel, as he came to be called, was the fourth of six children and the first of three sons. He was a rather shy and quiet child who was most often content to watch television, read comic books and otherwise find ways to entertain and amuse...

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A mothers son goes to Iraq, part 5.

We're very happy to post this ongoing series from Melody Pigg about her experience of being a Marine Mom and watching her son, Marshall, in his deployment in Iraq. I heard from Marshall a little over a week ago. For security reasons, he's really not able to talk about what they're doing in the sandbox. He sounds very good and still positive about his decision to become a Marine. At least we're not hearing him questioning, "What have I done?" Here I am complaining because of the nightmares and...

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Faith, Hope and Charity - a story of soldier support through AdoptaPlatoon.org

We are proud to be able to publish this piece sent to us by Linda Freedman. She has been involved in a great program called AdoptaPlatoon.org and has written about her experiences. What she and the other volunteers have done has touched a lot of lives. We urge you to get involved. The weekday morning began like so many others. Finishing my coffee while getting ready to go to work, I was only half listening to a morning news show on television. I thought I heard a woman say, "adopt a soldier"...

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A law we can all agree on.

As hard as it may be to believe, there is a "church" in Topeka, Kansas that has been loudly protesting at military funerals. The Westboro Baptist Church has been staging noisy protests at family funerals for those lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, jeering the attendees and carrying "God Hates Fags" signs. They are mocking those who would protect their right to protest. Our hearts go out to those families that have been harassed by these protesters. There is relief though. This was sent to us by D...

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Books to Afghanistan.

We heard from Susan Sides Hawkins recently. Her son is stationed with the 606th Air Control Squadron in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She mentioned that the guys there would love something to read. They're working hard, but when they have a little time off, they'd love to relax with a good book. It may not seem like a huge thing to send these guys some books, but put yourself in their place for a minute. You're in a hostle land, working long shifts and you find that a total stranger back home took t...

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Staff Sgt. Robert Hernandez

Staff Sgt. Robert Hernan

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A mothers son goes to Iraq, part 4.

We've asked Melody Pigg to stay in touch with us and write more about her experiences watching her son, Marshall prepare to ship off to Iraq. She has done a wonderful job of telling her story, a story that hundreds of thousands of parents have experienced. We are happy to provide this forum for her. "In my little bit of idle time that I have to think, I've come to the conclusion that some of the issues that I'm dealing with about Marshall leaving for Iraq are normal issues that the majority o...

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A scholarship fund in Rhode Island.

Since we started the HeroBracelets.org project, we've been contacted by a lot of people wanting to resell HeroBracelets. One guy even wanted to buy a large quantity to sell on ebay. We've always refused these kinds of requests. We didn't think it was a respectful approach. And we've seen a lot of Web sites pop up recently offering all sorts of "Soldier Bracelets." One site even claimed to send money to the same fund we do, but the folks at the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund had never heard of th...

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Texas Marine has a LOT of support

We've been seeing a pretty interesting tradition come to life over the last year. When a Soldier or Marine gets deployment orders to the Middle East, his or her whole extended family and friends get custom Deployed HeroBracelets made to wear while they are overseas. We even heard from one family that is going to make a chain from all the HeroBracelets when their Marine comes home. One such family that we recently heard from is the Abernathy family from Texas City, Texas. Keith Abernathy Sr. o...

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Staff Sgt. Joseph R. Ray

Staff Sgt. Joseph R.

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