Paralyzed Marine with robotic exoskeleton receives Bronze Star with V – Stripes

Capt. Derek Herrera, left, received a Bronze Star with V for combat valor and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on Friday at Camp Pendleton. Herrera was shot in the spine in Afghanistan in 2012, paralyzing him from the chest down, but he stood and walked during his retirement ceremony with the help of an exoskeleton. JENNIFER HLAD/STARS AND STRIPES

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – When Capt. Derek Herrera was called to stand in the place of honor Friday at his retirement ceremony, he pressed buttons on what appeared to be a wristwatch as a fellow Marine came to his aid.

After another push of a button and three short beeps, Herrera rose, legs shaking, and walked deliberately toward his commander. With each step, the exoskeleton he wore emitted a robotic whirring noise, as though it were Iron Man striding through the cordoned off parking lot in digital camouflage. Read more

Agent Orange has effected not only Vietnam veterans, but their families as well

#AgentOrange  has effected not only Vietnam veterans, but their families as well. You can do something to help, please visit our Legislative Action Center at

Once there, enter your zip code, send the prepared letter to your U.S. Representative, and sign as a co-sponsor to H.R. 5484,  the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014!

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Powerful Photos Reveal The Real People Behind The Military Uniforms

Any effort made to bridge the gap between civilians and veterans is OK in my book!

Bored Panda

…Few of us  take the time to consider the people behind [the uniforms] of the men and women in our military. Photographer Devin Mitchell, however, created a touching photo project called “The Veteran Art Project” that examines what lies on the other side of the uniform. Read more

Image of the Day: 24 November 2014


This Little Boy was caught by his mother sitting with a photo of Army Dad who was KIA…
We can never forget the sacrifices made on our behalf by so many. The families of the fallen– life must go on–Without their soldiers.
Rest Easy, warrior.
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