52 Col. John D. Folsum Wounded Warrior Project founder
53 The Wounded Warrior Project’s Mission: The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to raise public awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members to aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
66 We showed this slide last year We stumbled across the story behind the picture this year. Cpl. James Wright’s story is amazing.
67 Here are highlights MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va (Aug. 22, 2005) Spoken by then Cpl. James Wright, these simple words epitomized the fighting spirit of the Marine NCO. Wright, now a sergeant, was retelling the harrowing experience of how he lost both hands and suffered wounds to a leg in an insurgent ambush in Iraq from his hospital bed at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. Sitting at his bedside was Major Gen. Thomas S. Jones, Training and Education Command commanding general, who was visiting wounded veterans at the hospital that day. Jones listened to the young reconnaissance Marine explain how he continued to lead his Marines in returning fire and eventually out of the kill zone. Amazed, the general asked how he managed to keep from going into shock and passing out. Wright replied, “Sir, I couldn’t pass out. I was in charge.” As a corporal, Wright was the assistant team leader with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, when his patrol came under intense small arms, mortar and rocket propelled grenade fire in an insurgent ambush. Wright immediately took action, returning fire with his M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon, until an RPG hit his humvee. The blast severed both of Wright’s hands and severely wounded his left leg. Incredibly, Wright maintained his composure, instructing his Marines to use a radio to call for help and to apply tourniquets to his wounds. Wright also directed his Marines to concentrate fire on enemy machine gun positions, assisting in the demise of 26 enemy fighters. For his actions, Wright was later presented the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for valor.
68 These guys put their lives on the line for us
71 Here is the story behind the pictures Gunnery Sgt. Ryan P. Shane, platoon gunnery sergeant, Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, pulls to safety Sgt. Lonny D. Wells, 29, of Vandergrift, Pa., who was fatally wounded Nov. 9 in Fallujah, Iraq, during Operation Al Fajr. Seconds later Shane was also wounded by enemy fire. Photo Credit: Cpl. Joel A. Chaverri Photo Date: 11/09/2004
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88 If you want a copy of this presentation… Grab it from here: ftp://ftp.InfraSupport.com/TeeItUp2006 Along with pictures, videos, and more stories behind the Marine pictures. If this is gobbletygook, then email me here: GregScott@InfraSupport.com