Hero Stories for October 2008

My Hero, LCpl Brian P. Montgomery

I submitted a story about my hero bracelet--a brother of a friend, L Cpl Brian P. Montgomery--over a year ago. See the 2nd piece I wrote below in the form of a letter to Brian: October 7, 2008 October 7, 2008 Dear Brian, Every day I wear this black metal bracelet bearing your name, yet I never had the privilege of knowing you.   I see you in my mind as a hologram of sorts, constructed from stories told me by your family.  So, although I know about you as a brother, a father, a husband, son, b...

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HeroBracelets on KVUE.

HeroBracelets on KVUE Austin TV News just did a story on HeroBracelets. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE STORY. Austin company the link to bracelets worn by candidates 05:55 PM CDT on Thursday, October 2, 2008 By ELISE HU KVUE News Bracelets became the talk of the presidential debate last week, after both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama said they were wearing one in honor of a fallen soldier. The aluminum bands worn on the candidates wrists were the brainchild of an Austin advertising executive,...

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My Hero, My son. SPC Michael L. Gonzalez.

The Leiby's Family Get Togethers I have many memories of our family get togethers, as for the Leiby family it was everyday.. In our family there are 5 children, 4 sisters and the youngest a brother.. Our ages range now from 54 to 44 so we grew up together from the late 1950's to the early 1990's. My mother was a stay at home mom and my dad worked as a blue collar worker to support all of us.  Our father worked as a maintenance man in a local sheet metal shop for as long as I can remeber. He w...

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Our Hero, Pastor (Major) Jan Koczera

Pastor Jan Koczera has been the Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, NJ for eight and a half years.  During this time he has also been a Chaplain (Major) in the NJ Army National Guard.  Prior to joining the staff at the FPCHS, Pastor Jan was on active duty and served for 7 months in Desert Shield /Dessert Storm  He also served with the NJANG in Operation Respect, at the Fresh Kills dump site on Staten Island, NY after the disaster at the Twin Towers.  He was ...

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An Index of US Military Support Web Sites

An Index of US Military Support Web Sites MarineParents.com - We stand by our Marines and their families. If you are a family member, please let us know how we can help you. This web site offers a vast amount of information and support to help with deployment. God Bless and Semper Fi. OperationCareAndComfort.org - Operation: Care and Comfort, our all volunteer program, exists to provide support and comfort to “adopted” units of deployed U.S. military service members, serving in Iraq, Afghanis...

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My Hero. My son. PFC Deryk Hallal.

My son, Pfc Deryk Hallal, USMC was killed in ar Ramadi, Iraq on the 6th of April, 2004.  Since that time, we have learned from Sgt. Matt Hatcher that he diligently wears Deryk's Hero Bracelet as a tool to reach out to others and tell the story of Deryk's heroism and faith.  Sgt. Hatcher never knew Deryk personally, but, his brother, Sgt. Jon Embrey served with Deryk in Iraq and was fighting just blocks from the battle that took Deryk's life.  Sgt. Hatcher has served three tours of duty in Ira...

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More photos from Centcom in Iraq.

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My Hero. My Son. SPC Nicholas E. Wilson.

[caption id="attachment_993" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="In Loving Memory of SPC Nicholas E. Wilson KIA 3-11-2005 Ar Ramadi, Iraq"][/caption] I wear mine every single day to commemorate my son and his sacrifice to our nation, with his ultimate sacrifice. Sincerely, Debbie Newhouse In Loving Memory of SPC Nicholas E. Wilson KIA 3-11-2005 Ar Ramadi, I

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Great Soldier Bracelets!

Great Soldier Bracelets! I want to thank you for my new custom Soldier Bracelets. They look great and fit perfectly. My longtime friend, Aaron Mitchell is in the Army and currently in Iraq. I ordered your bracelets for his parents, his sister and for me. They were all pretty thrilled to get them and we’ve all vowed to wear them till he comes home. We’re thinking of making a chain of all the bracelets for him when he gets home. I get to talk to email him once in a while and told him about us a...

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Soldier's mom defends Obama's mention of bracelet

By DINESH RAMDE | Associated Press Writer 6:37 PM CDT, September 28, 2008 MILWAUKEE - After Tracy Jopek gave Sen. Barack Obama a bracelet in honor of her son who was killed in Iraq, she asked Obama not to mention the bracelet on the campaign trail. But Jopek told The Associated Press on Sunday that she's satisfied with how Obama discussed it during last week's presidential debate. Jopek gave Obama the bracelet at a Green Bay rally in February. It has the name of her son, Sgt. Ryan David Jopek...

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