2017 Salute to Veterans That Make America Great

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A 1938 Congressional Act made the 11th of November a legal holiday. Originally, known as “Armistice Day’,” it was dedicated to the cause of world peace. Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” to establish Veterans Day. Today, we want to share with you some stories about veterans making a positive impact on our country.

Marcus Luttrell

Former Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell | Photo credit Fox 10

As a Navy Seal, Luttrell served his country from 1999 to 2007. Known the world-over as the “Lone Survivor,” he fought in the Battle of Ramadi in Iraq and Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. During the latter, as part of SEAL Team 10, Luttrell narrowly escaped death after an intense gun battle with Taliban rebels.

In 2010, Luttrell started the Lone Survivor Foundation. Their mission is to “restore, empower, and renew hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.” The foundation offers service to members in all branches of the military, including help with transitioning to civilian life and treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress.

Megan Leavey

Former Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and combat dog Sgt. Rex | Photo credit People Magazine

Retiring in 2007, Leavey was a Marine corporal and K-9 handler. She enlisted in 2003 and was soon paired military working dog, Rex. Together, they deployed to Fallujah in 2005 and Ramadi in 2006. While searching for bombs in Ramadi, both Leavey and Rex were wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device.

After the bomb blast, Leavey sought to adopt Rex. Her battle for Rex would last five years, and their story became a motion picture titled, “Meagan Leavey.” Today, Leavey works with a private security firm in New York, training bomb-sniffing dogs for Yankee Stadium. She also actively supports retired and active duty military members.

Allen B. West

Retired Lt. Col. Allen B, West | Photo credit Wikipedia

Currently a conservative political commentator, Lt. Colonel West retired from the Army in 2004 after 22 years of service. He served in the House of Representatives from 2011-2013, representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. West was the first African-American Republican to hold that seat since 1876.

Though no longer directly involved in politics, West remains influential and outspoken on some of the most hot-button issues of our time. An ardent Trump supporter, he frequently writes on topics relating to the military and national security. West currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Rifle Association.

William “Bill” Peck

WWII veteran, William “Bill” Peck | Photo credit Bay News 9

Most of you probably aren’t familiar with this name; Peck doesn’t have a website, book, or film about his life. However, what he does have, is a great love for America and the military. The 97-year old WWII veteran lives in Lakeland, Florida. And, despite being in a wheelchair now, he hangs “Old Glory” every morning because he is proud of his country.

Peck was a motorcycle mechanic in the Army, serving in North Africa during the war. While he didn’t see combat, he says his job was crucial to war efforts. “My job was just as important as their job was because if it hadn’t been for somebody like me, they couldn’t have done anything,” Peck said.

To All Veterans

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While we chose these four veterans to highlight in our story, Monday Monday Network wishes to thank every veteran for their service to our great nation. We are deeply grateful for your unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy and forever indebted for the sacrifices made by you and your families.

If you are a veteran or know someone who is, please share a picture or story in the comments!