Always a Marine…
Disabled or not, in uniform or not, you will always be a Marine, and nothing can stop a Marine from “representing” the Corps and standing tall… even if he can no longer stand up.
You are wearing your uniform INSIDE now, just not outside.
My nephew Chris is a medically-retired Sergeant of Marines whose legs no longer work, and he is confined to a wheel chair. Upon discharge he attended and graduated from Penn State University with Honors, and now heads his own successful physical fitness training business, “Corps Fitness”, as well as starting and running an annual mini- marathon that last year donated more than $50,000 to medical research, and an arm-powered bike fitness program for disabled kids.
He competes nationally in disabled triathalons, and two years ago came in first in his category with his arm-powered bike in the annual Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA. In 2007 he tried his first skydiving jump.
His motto is: “It is not important if you get knocked down, but whether you get up”, and he is an inspiration and role model to all who know him.
Hang in there, Marine. It ain’t nuthin’ but a thing.
LTC, Armor, AUS(Ret.)
…and former Sgt. & Cpt.