More American Heros

More American Heroes

Rico, Josh, Paul






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.


Josh Sweeney

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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










Alex Minsky – Model, Marine veteran, wounded in Afghanistan










Brad Ivanchan – Model, Marine veteran, wounded in Afghanistan









Colin Wayne – Model, Army veteran, wounded in Afghanistan

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Thanks for your service. Thanks for your sacrifice.


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Ten Most Beautiful Men – Part 3

Top Ten Most Beautiful Men – Part 3


OK.  We all know this isn’t about the tattoos.  It isn’t about those hunkalicious abs either.  And it isn’t even about the fact that we know he is NEKID below the bottom of that picture.  No.  This is about those stunning, amazing blue eyes.  Well, maybe we like the tattoos, and the abs, and the NEKID part too…

This is Bobby Creighton.  Not hard to find him.  His name is everywhere.  He is a top male fitness and underwear model.  No really.  Underwear…  Google him.

I will even forgive him for not having long hair.  Just keep the bandana on Bobby.  We can always pretend it’s long.  Not actually having long hair puts you out of the running for the Number One spot.  Sorry.  But you’re still in the top ten.

Now we come to this guy.  He is all over the Internet, TV, magazines.  He has his own Web site, Twitter, Iphoneogram, Instagram, Facebook, You Tube videos.  Yesiree, Ash Armand is featured on the web site  and the Showtime reality series Gigolos (seasons 3&4).  He is a model, actor, and fitness buff of East Indian heritage with, of course, exquisite hair.  He is described as a love guru ‘who enjoys the beauty and mystery of this sensuous world’ and is also described as a ‘sensual warrior living to elevate others and the Self.’  I think the 60’s were just way too good to his parents.


Even though he is defined in a number of ways, basically this guy is a Male Escort.  He charges outrageous amounts of money to spend time with you.  But don’t confuse him with a male prostitute. Noooooo.  Women pay him to escort them to fashionable events, go on vacation with them, to give them massages.  Did I mention that he’s also a masseuse?  They pay him to basically be super duper eye candy and spend quality time with them.  Any sex they may have is optional and outside that time/money arrangement.  And it’s totally free.  Yes really.  Absolutely free.  That’s what makes him NOT a male prostitute.  The sex is free, it’s his time you pay for.  Of course if I was paying that much money to spend quality time with him, whether I’m participating or just watching, he better be banging somebody.  Google him and read all about it.


And that reality show Gigolos.  Well.  One reporter (go to ) tracked down one of the women that supposedly hired one of the guys (not Ash).  She said she was an actress/model and was hired, as in PAID, to ACT the part of a woman hiring the Gigolo.  She said she considered it just an acting gig and, oh yeah, by the way, the sex was simulated.  Sooooooo, in spite of the fact that they were rubbing intimate body parts all over each other, he was never really, actually, truly, in fact, inside her.  Whew!  That’s good to know.  I mean, seeing as it was prime time TV and all.

Anyway, back to Ash.  He is into modeling, acting, fitness, sex, healthy eating, meditating, zen, sex, dancing, reading, massage therapy, sex, martial arts, giving sexual advice, being an entrepreneur, sex, philosophy, yoga, traveling, sex.  OK, you get it.

His life partner, with whom he has an ‘open relationship’ attended the Institute for Advanced Human Sexuality in San Francisco (really? where else would it be?) and she is a sexual empowerment coach who helps people in areas of sexual issues.  On her Facebook page (Sexualiberator) she says that sex should always be connected to love.  Of course she is quoting someone else, but why would she put the quote on her page if she didn’t believe it?  And Ash is having sex with EVERYBODY, or at least anybody who will pay him for his time.  Does he love them all?  Isn’t that a little bit hypocritical?  I mean, if you want to screw everybody, and your life mate doesn’t mind, well, that’s OK with me too.  Just call it what it is.