Yes, today we celebrate Small Business Saturday… the holiday between Black Friday (where people are trampled amidst the money-saving stampede) and Cyber Monday (where people get hacked amidst the money-saving stampede). Shopping for our loved ones is a part of what the holidays are about. Equally important, or at least it should be, is giving back to some of our fellow citizens who need it. Top of that list are, or at least should be, our wounded veterans.
And few people do more than Gary Sinise. This one’s a tear-jerker. In a good way…
On December 27, 2011, while leading his team, a mounted improvised explosive device (IED) detonated nearby. Three of his fellow soldiers were killed by the blast and two others were severely wounded. Luis suffered an amputation of his left leg, two strokes, two heart attacks, and severe lack of oxygen which caused anoxic brain damage. Ultimately, he was left almost completely paralyzed.
Luis was in a coma for forty days. Although the doctors felt he would not recover, his wife Claudia and three sons stayed by his side. On February 13, 2012, Luis opened his eyes for the first time. He continues his extensive therapy at Walter Reed National Medical Center. Today Luis continues to progress while maintaining a positive attitude and an incredible sense of humor.
Thank you Captain Avila for your service. Thank you Gary Sinise for all that you do.
Something to think about before sucker punching someone over a Cuisinart.