More American Heros

More American Heroes

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Paul Schaus       Josh Sweeney       Rico Roman

Recognize these guys? No? Really? OK, I didn’t either…until Saturday. That’s when I read a newspaper article about Josh Sweeney. It was so interesting I Googled him (since when is a made up word like Googled actually a verb?). Anyway, it seems that he is a member of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team. AND…wait for it…OK…ready?…he made the winning, in fact the only, goal for Team Semper Fi to win a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

Everyone on the Paralympic Sled Hockey team is either an amputee or has a medical condition rendering one or both legs immobile. Hence the name Paralympic. These three guys, however, are also ‘Wounded Warriors’. Paul, Josh, and Rico are all military veterans wounded in action overseas.

 

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Josh Sweeney, 27, from Glendale (Phoenix) Arizona, joined the Marines in 2005 right out of high school. In October 2009, while serving in Nowzad, Afghanistan he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) losing both his legs. Josh spent months in rehab at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He had been a hockey player in high school and after being discharged he tried a few adaptive sports, but he had never heard of sled hockey. Then he went to a sled hockey game with his family and inspiration struck.

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He began playing and in 2011 he made the USA Hockey national team. In 2012 they won the International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A in Hamar, Norway. Then the team took silver in the 2013 world championships. In December 2013, he was nominated to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team by USA Hockey,

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Rico Roman

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Rico Roman, 33, is from Portland Oregon. He graduated high school in 2000 and joined the Army. In 2007, he lost his left leg to an IED during his third tour in Iraq. He was introduced to sled hockey by Operation Comfort, an organization dedicated to assisting injured U.S. service personnel while at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

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From 2009-11, Rico was a member of the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey club, which is made up entirely of military veterans. He also played with the Dallas Stars sled team in 2012, helping the team to the 2012 USA Hockey Sled Classic Division A Championship.

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Rico also participates in handcycling, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair football. Within a year of his amputation, Roman completed two bike marathons and rode 150 miles in a day to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. He currently lives in Wincrest, Texas with wife and two children.

 

Paul Schaus

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Twenty five year old Marine Paul Schaus from Buffalo, NY, lost both his legs to a landmine in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 5, 2009 while on his second deployment. He was first airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany. He was eventually transferred state-side and spent a month at Bethesda Naval Medical Center before finally being moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Paul began playing Sled Hockey on the USA Warrior Hockey Team while still in rehab. He played two seasons (2010-2011) with the USA Warriors. Paul also played with the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team, and helped them win two straight USA Hockey Sled Classic Championship titles in 2011 and 2012. After a year on the U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team from 2011-12, Paul made the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the 2012-13 season.

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Paul has just started his second season on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team

 

All three of these Warriors have received the Purple Heart for their service.

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Paul Schaus     Rico Roman    Josh Sweeney

 

More Wounded Warriors

J. R. Martinez – Actor, Motivational speaker, Army veteran, burned over 34% of his body while serving in Iraq.

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Chris Van Etten – Model, Marine veteran, wounded in Afghanistan

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Alex Minsky – Model, Marine veteran, wounded in Afghanistan

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Brad Ivanchan – Model, Marine veteran, wounded in Afghanistan

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Colin Wayne – Model, Army veteran, wounded in Afghanistan

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Thanks for your service. Thanks for your sacrifice.

 

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Another Hunky Hero

OK people.  I missed my blog last Thursday.  I had to go out of town for a week.  I told myself I could write/post the blog form where I was staying.  I’ve been here three days and I’m either so busy or so tired I just didn’t get to it.

I’m having a hard time coming up with anything to write about…so I guess I will just have to post some pictures.

This is Andrew McLaren.  A before picture…when he was just a Marine.  Yeah right.  Nobody is just a Marine.

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Andrew was born in Staten Island on July 24, 1980.  He was fast becoming a successful model and actor when he put his career on hold to join the Marine Corps.  He soon became part of a new military group called the Anti-Terrorism Battalion in Iraq.  After years of extended service, he received an honorable discharge as

He was hired as a cop in New York, but then had the opportunity to try out for Blackwater and was accepted.  Andrew ended up going to Baghdad guarding President Bush, John McCain, John Edwards and John Kerry.  He participated in dozens of clandestine missions for the U.S Government.

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Andrew came home to his two young sons and a wife who had left him.  He decided to pursue acting and modeling again and was cast the film Battle for Haditha in the 2007.  That film stared former Marines in leading roles, and is a reconstruction of two days in November 2005 when American Marines took revenge on the civilian population of an Iraqi town after the death of a comrade in a roadside bomb incident.

Andrew went on to co-host the Discovery Channel’s series Weaponizers.  Then in August 2012, he appeared as an operative on Stars Earn Stripes were former and current military and law enforcement members are paired with celebrities to coach them through missions that are inspired by real military exercises. The competitors play to earn cash for a military, veterans or service related charity of their choice.

Andrew says, “I hope to use my notoriety to help people that are less fortunate than me.”  With that he is soon releasing the biographical book “American Mercenary,” about his time working for Blackwater USA.  One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the families of his friends killed in action.

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Andrew has a Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/andrew.mclaren1

and is on Model Mayhem  http://www.modelmayhem.com/1442887

And suit porn…oh yeah…

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Love a man with a shoulder holster.

 

And Little Miss M – you know who you are Stephanie…

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This is for you…

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Roses, a bubble bath, and a hunkalicious guy…oh my…

Happy Birthday

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Think you don’t have anything to say?  Of course you do.  Leave a message.  Thanks.

 

Alex Minsky and Brad Ivanchan – Thanks for your Service

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OK.  Did you all see Alex Minsky on The View a couple of days ago.  You can see it at my Facebook page www.facebook.com/katie.morningstar.71   I checked YouTube, but I couldn’t find it.  There are several other YouTube videos of Alex though, including interviews with Jay Leno and the Today Show.  Go check them out, along with his Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/AlexMinskyFanPage

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Alex is also on the cover of a new book – Fighting to Forget by JB Salsbury – to be released April 15, 2014.  www.facebook.com/JBSalsburybooks

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Here’s another American Hero for you.  Brad Ivanchan.

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U.S. Marine Cpl. Brad Ivanchan was born in 1988 and grew up with a sister and brother in the Phoenix/Glendale, Arizona area.  He joined the Marines in 2008 and was deployed to both Iraq and the South Pacific as a machine gunner before deploying to Afghanistan.  While in Afghanistan, Brad stepped on a pressure plate, setting off an improvised explosive device that severed his right leg below the knee, his left leg above the knee, and damaged his left hand.  Afterwards he underwent 11 surgeries at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

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Brad in Iraq

Less than 3 months after his injury he was approached by Tim Medvets.  Tim is an ex-biker and avid climber who runs a non-profit called The Heroes Project (www.theheroesproject.org).  The Heroes Project takes severely wounded Vets and gives them a second chance at life through climbing some of the tallest peaks in the world.  Brad signed on immediately and started training in the mountains surrounding L.A and San Diego. Within 9 months of losing his legs he became the first double amputee in the world to climb Mt.Aconcagua, South America’s tallest peak at 22,840 ft. in elevation.  He says he went from the lowest point in his life to the highest point in his life in less than 9 months.  And he feels he is living proof that no matter what life throws your way that you can forge on and overcome those obstacles.  There are truly no bounds to what the human spirit can achieve!

On Mt.Aconcagua – Brad hiked up 22,840 feet

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Brad is on Facebook and has a website.

www.Facebook.com/bradivanchan

www.bradivanchan.com/

And guess what else he’s doing?  No really.  OK, you guessed right.  He’s modeling.

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Alex and Brad – Thanks for your Service – Thanks for your Sacrifice.  Semper Fi.

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