Monday, March 26, 2012

Don't forget...Spc. Dennis Weichel, we remember you.

It seems that these days in the USA, we only hear about the military when something goes wrong. When a soldier snaps, it's news around the world. When our troops make a PR error by doing something to a Koran what our enemies would gladly do to US and our Bibles or magazines and the list goes on, if our military didn't stand in their way, it's news. And sure, when there is a huge, obvious victory like the take down of Bin Laden, it's news. But EVERYDAY these brave men and women are in harms way to protect you and me, our families and our right to speak our minds without fear, in a way not possible around the world.

I just received word of this soldier's story.
Spc. Dennis Weichel


This is an amazing story that you need to see, but chances are that if you only see and hear from the mainstream media sources like MSNBC and Newsweek, you'll never hear about stories like this.

The media only wants to report negative stories about our troops and their mission in Afghanistan.Positive stories don't fit the media narrative - they're trying to convince you that we're losing the war on terror - and positive stories undermine that message. But good things are happening as a result of our troops and their selfless sacrifice and tireless work.

This story is about one American - Spc. Dennis Weichel - who CARED SO MUCH that he was willing to sacrifice himself - without hesitation - for an Afghan child who he didn't even know...because it was the right thing to do. His sacrifice is a testament to the goodness and compassion of the American soldier, unmatched throughout the world.

Most of the children moved, but one little girl went back to pick up some brass shell casings in the road. Afghan civilians often recycle the casings, and the girl appeared to aim to do that...according to Lt. Col. Denis Riel of the Rhode Island National Guard.

...Weichel saw the massive truck bearing down on the girl and grabbed her out of the way. But in the process, the truck ran him over, Riel said.

The little girl is fine. Weichel died a short time later of his injuries.

“He was a big kid at heart. He always had a smile on his face, and he made everyone laugh,” 1st Sgt. Nicky Peppe, who served with Weichel in Iraq, is quoted as saying in an Army story.

That is just one of the most recent stories of how our military personnel conduct themselves in the field.

Whether they are in active fighting overseas or if they are stateside they are out there defending us and they deserve our respect, support and appreciation! Please do not disrespect them even and maybe especially if you don't agree with whatever their particular mission is. They are out there defending your right to dissent!

To all those serving in the U.S Armed Forces: Thank you for protecting my family and my freedom! You are doing what so many of us can't or won't do and we love, appreciate, respect and again THANK YOU! GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND BRING YOU HOME SAFE! For those who have been wounded WE THANK AND SUPPORT YOU!! GOD BLESS HEAL AND PROVID FOR YOU!! And for the families of those who have given their all THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE! WE REMEMBER AND APPRECIATE YOUR LOVED ONE WHO GAVE THEIR ALL! GOD BLESS YOU AND COMFORT YOU!  TO ALL THOSE PAST AND PRESENT, LIVING AND FALLEN WE REMEMBER YOU!! We love you, we thank you, we DO remember you!

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