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Image I met a countless number of inspirational people this festive weekend. Wish I could name them all.

Shane Parsons lost both his legs in a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was 20 years old when he lost his ability to read, write and walk. He's teaching himself how to read again and at 26 years old, he reads at a kindergarten level.

Though his life has changed drastically, he still goes skiing and fishing. His next goal is to teach his cousin's junior high football team. He shared with me that he hates hearing the word can't because people can do anything if they try. He said that Warrior's Weekend is healing to the body and soul because of the great fellowship with fellow soldiers and supporters. This act of kindness put on by a group of volunteers is infectious. Each year the turnout gets larger because the honorees spread the word. Even the toughest troops shed a tear when someone expressed their gratitude. It was such an honor to talk to Shane and the other wounded soldiers about their experience. Many still live with the lasting effects of going to battle and would do it again in a heartbeat.

I appreciate the men and women who serve on the front lines for the sake of my freedom. It's truly a selfless act. From the bottom of my heart I would like to say Thank You.

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