Our vets are the finest men and women that America has to offer.
If the extraordinary sacrifice every one if them makes, and the ultimate sacrifice that far too many have had to make, isn’t proof enough, then look no further than how they live their lives after they return.
One incredible wounded warrior just made his statement about the character of our vets. He didn’t do it with words, but with action…
From Dallas News:
A San Antonio Marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday the same way he had run most of the course — with a U.S. flag in hand.
Retired U.S. Marine Jose Luis Sanchez waved the flag, which had been signed by fellow Marines, most of the 26.2 miles.
After stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, Sanchez worked tirelessly to recover and not let his injury slow him down.
Sanchez’s unit had given him an American flag as a gift after his accident, but Sanchez didn’t read the messages his fellow soldiers had written on it until five years later, when his PTSD was at its worst.
After reading those messages, Sanchez felt compelled to show this very special flag to the rest of America on Patriot’s Day. Sanchez waved the flag with pride as he ran the Boston Marathon with Team Semper Fi, a nonprofit that helps wounded warriors when they return home.
“It’s for others to be inspired, to be motivated,” Sanchez said. “I don’t do it for myself, I do it for others. We live for others.”
Source: Dallas News