On this Veterans' Day, 2010, I'd like to salute and thank all veterans for their service to our country.
I also thought it would be fun to find out what Brandon Adam is doing these days. He is one of my many former students who has served and sacrificed in war.
As an Army Sergeant, Brandon lost both legs while serving in Iraq in 2007.
He was gracious enough to allow me to write his story while still recuperating in San Antonio, Texas. Later, he came home to Sandpoint where hundreds turned out downtown as he rolled through on his way to a reception.
Brandon's homecoming was a touching experience for all who participated.
I'm proud to say that since that time this young man has continued to move forward with a positive attitude.
He also serves these days as an inspirational example of the old adage: when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
I heard from him last night for the first time in a couple of years after befriending him on Facebook, where I also found the photos above.
Here's what's new with Brandon:
I'm doing great. Lots of stuff has happened since we last spoke. First, I got married to a wonderful girl named Shannon . . . . also, we are pregnant with my little girl Elaina.
I'm currently living outside of Colorado Springs in the mountains.
Oh, before I forget---my wife is an English teacher . . . . she teaches high school.
I was coaching football this year at the high school level . . . enjoyed that very much.
Ski season is here so I'm gonna be skiing a lot.
I'm trying to get selected for the X Games but will see if I get a slot.
I'm not competing in regular ski races this year . . . staying home to help my wife through this pregnancy.
I'm not walking, unfortunately. Legs are just too short to be able to walk for a long time.
I don't quit a lot of things, but that was one of them.
In closing, I'd like to pass along my deeply-felt appreciation to Brandon and to all veterans who served in the Armed Forces and continue to "serve" as wonderful examples in the civilian world.