California has been my home since 1954 when my father came her fresh out of Continental Trade School in Michigan to start a new life with his wife and soon to be five kids. I grew up for the most part in Hawthorne, not far from where Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys got their start. I attended high school, joined the Marines, made my share of mistakes and then in 1980 met the women that God picked for me, my wife of 35 years.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 – Army Secretary John M. McHugh announced today that he has approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, following a change in the medals’ eligibility criteria mandated by Congress.
“The Purple Heart’s strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from awarding it to victims of the horrific attack at Fort Hood,” McHugh explained. “Now that Congress has changed the criteria, we believe there is sufficient reason to allow these men and women to be awarded and recognized with either the Purple Heart or, in the case of civilians, the Defense of Freedom Medal. It’s an appropriate recognition of their service and sacrifice.”
2014 Home Front Hero Christmas Project – Our goal is to sponsor at least 25 southern California military families, specifically the stateside spouse & children of Combat Deployed enlisted service members. Continue reading