A week ago I asked our listening audience here at the Banana to send me a brief story about where you, a family member, or friend has served our country, along with unit number, and a pic. While the response was overwhelming we still want to pay tribute to those who did send in their pics...
As someone who used to be an instructor of Marines, I can tell you that there are literally thousands of reasons why guys join the military. However, in all my years as an instructor, never once was I given a reason quite like this.
U.S. Army Sgt. Joesph Lilly, 25, of Flint, paid the ultimate price for his country. Lilly was killed on June 14th, in his first tour of Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
These reunion videos are always awesome to watch, but the fact that this one takes place right in our own backyard makes it extra special. Watch Army Staff Sergeant Luis Bratic surprise his son this morning at Grand Blanc Elementary.
The story of Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills would be enough to make most people throw the towel in and be bitter for the rest of their lives. Travis Mills isn't most people though. Check out the video this Vassar native made for all the people supporting him and his family.
Regardless where you live, the story of Travis Mills serves a reminder of the sacrifice and bravery that runs through our Armed Forces. The fact that Mills is from our area serves a reminder that behind that bravery and sacrifice, there are real people. Check out the latest details on this hometown/national hero, and how you can help.
Vassar native, family man, and national hero, Army Sgt. Travis Mills is back on American land, and recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, after losing all four of his limbs in a IED explosion in Afghanistan. Two charities have started construction on a custom built home, to help Mills and his family with the challenges they will face.
I don't know where to start this article, because anything I write won't be tribute enough to Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills of Vassar, Michigan. Sgt. Mills was wounded in Afghanistan and his family is eagerly awaiting his return.