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Written by Move America Forward   
Monday, 23 July 2012 13:52

The following story comes to us from blogger Kevin Hanrahan who blogs about our troops and military dogs. It is a true story witnessed by his friend "Steve" in Afghanistan

The 1st Cavalry Division Chaplain went to the hospital here in Afghanistan tonight with one of the Deputy Commanding Generals to pin a Purple Heart on a Soldier that was wounded  this morning by an IED. The Chaplain was telling me that this young hero was severely injured, he was missing his left hand, one side of his face was completely torn apart, and his body was peppered with shrapnel.

Our General pinned the purple heart on the Soldier, then asked him if there was anything he could do for him before he was flown out of theater. The Soldier could not speak so he moved his one remaining hand signaling for a pen. He was handed a pen and paper, then wrote a note to our General.

The Chaplin was telling me he thought it was going to be a request to call his wife or pass a message back home that he was going to be OK, when he looked at the note he saw a list of supplies his Soldiers needed that were still out on the battlefield fighting. Our Chaplin told me that it was the first time he saw our General cry during a Purple Heart ceremony.

This HERO is the reason why I have left my family for five of the past 11 years. There is no higher honor then to stand with these men and women in combat.
- Facebook wall of U.S. Soldier "Steve"
1st Cavalry Division, Deployed to Afghanistan


This story not only speaks to the selfless nature of our troops but it also underscores a problem in Afghanistan that we're trying to combat - the lack of supplies.

We all know that Afghanistan is a tough place to get supplies in and out of, especially for the troops serving in the mountains or the remote areas on the border with Pakistan.

We're working hard to get our packages to the troops who need them the most - the ones that are on the front lines, not on a well-supplied base or air field.


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