— Roy Rogers (@Roy__Rogers) May 18, 2013
Let’s keep in mind all of our servicemen, particularly those who have sacrificed so much, this weekend.
Via Fox News:
Army Major Jim Anderson has logged more than 17 years of active duty in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Yet, most of the wounds he has suffered aren’t visible.
Thursday morning, just before dawn in Waco, Texas, I stood outside the Hotel Indigo and spoke with him for Fox News about his long battle against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More than 200,000 Army veterans suffer from this condition.
Anderson said that the stigma surrounding this debilitating illness has begun to diminish, replaced by therapy and support. At Anderson’s side was his son Langston a source of inspiration and pride for his dad.
Another source of inspiration for Anderson is former president George W. Bush. A leader who is “a man of such character in the face of adversity.”
Bush himself was inspired by Abraham Lincoln, who famously urged the nation in his second inaugural address “to care for him who shall have borne the battle” and who — a month before he was assassinated — signed a new law creating a National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.
Fifteen wounded warriors rode with President Bush this year for the Third Annual Bush Center W100K Wounded Warrior Mountain Bike Ride. It was the first time that the mountain bike ride took place on his pastoral ranch outside Crawford Texas, where 43 miles of trails have been built.
Several of the participants told me that they were deeply affected by President Bush’s ability to perform as one of them; spending hours as host talking and joking with them, leading the pack up the pristine wooded and rock-covered single-track trails.