Warrior Legacy Foundation

warrior legacy foundation

The Warrior Legacy Foundation is a non-profit organization (filing for 501C3/C4 status) that is committed to the protection and promotion of the reputation and dignity of America’s Warriors.

 

Across every generation, at war and at peace, America has asked her citizens to protect liberty and defend freedom at all costs. No matter the terrain or political climate, America’s Warriors have met every challenge and made every sacrifice that was asked of them in order to defeat our enemies and protect our way of life. The Warrior Legacy Foundation is a passionate advocate for the preservation and elevation of the hallowed legacy of the American Warrior Class.

Join us and stand firm in defense of the heritage of those brave souls who have preserved and protected our sovereignty throughout our great nation’s history.

They have asked for nothing and have given us everything.

To learn more about the Warrior Legacy Foundation click here…

Sam’s medical status: 

bike therapy_caremeridian august 2009 Sam is having some difficult days. He is frustrated with his own disability, and some perceptions that can also be lauded as progress. When Erin leaves in the evenings, he would like to accompany her home and has even asked her why she is leaving him there. This tears at Erin’s heart and she tries to explain it to him. They have the van now, and Erin takes him on outings to break the monotony. One day he was rather upset that Erin didn’t inquire as to what he wanted as they went through the drive-thru to get a soda. (He is still on the feeding tube). We are excited that he recognizes many of the everyday tasks that he will again be able to do someday; but they seem such a challenge right now. I’ve heard men and women of God proclaim that the absence of faith is fear. I understand this as it is easy to see fear creep into Sam’s situation. Fear that he won’t recover any further, fear that one of these infections will result in a serious illness, or just fear that he is miserable in his present condition. These would weigh on any father or mother, but Jesus is speaking directly to us today when he simply says, "Don’t be afraid, Just believe." You may ask, Believe what? He is telling us to put our faith in him as Master of the Word of God. Jesus was willing (and able) then to heal all who were sorely oppressed and he still is today. He is just looking for someone to believe it. Wendy and I stand on his word and believe it with all our hearts. Sam is healed, his restoration is eminent, and we thank Jesus for his gentle reminder to be fearless while it is being accomplished..

Much Love,
Eric

We celebrated Sam’s 25th birthday on August 12th.  We had a party at Sam’s house on Monday and then another one at the CareMeridian facility.  The 12th was very special because it was the first time Sam has been back to the home that he grew up in.  Erin asked him if he knew why they were back at his dad’s house and he said, “for my homecoming”.  It was bitter sweet because the next day at CareMeridian, he asked Erin to take him back home.  She, of course, gently reminded Sam that he must still remain at CareMeridian so that he could continue to get special nursing care. 

bowling trip_july_2009 As Eric pointed out above, it can be painful at times seeing Sam progress and become more aware of his surroundings.  Last week, Erin took her mother, Julie, to see a San Francisco Giants game as they are both big fans.  When Sam got up in the morning, he told the nurses that he wanted to see Erin.  They told him that she was taking the day off to go see the Giant’s game and wouldn’t be in that day.  Sam, who really hasn’t had the ability to show much emotion since he was injured, began to cry.  Sad—but also good that he was able to show such strong emotion for the first time!  This morning when one of the nurses was in Sam’s room, she made a noise which woke him up abruptly (which is also something pretty new since he can be very hard to wake up).  The nurse said that when he awoke, he turned his head back and forth to survey his surroundings, then motioned the nurse to come over to him.  He held out his right arm and then gave her a big hug.  When Erin arrived, the nurses were talking about his new sense of awareness….the picture is from a bowling trip Sam and Erin took in July.   

Peace and Love to all,
Tony

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11 Responses to Warrior Legacy Foundation

  1. Danalee says:

    God bless Sam. I do not believe that ‘the absence of faith is fear’. It’s easy for those of us that are able-bodied and in control of our lives to say ‘don’t despair, don’t fear, etc., God is with you’. Part of Sam’s body and mind healing process is to ‘feel’ again, emotionally. Hopefully, he is in an environment where he can express his fear, doubts, anger, confusion, etc., and be supported in this as he rediscovers himself. It would be said if he was, instead, made to feel that by having doubts, fears, etc., he is any less a child of God. Sam, Erin, you remain in the prayers of many of us at St. Lawrence. God bless you both. God is working and will continue to work and bless you both. He doesn’t always ‘work’ the way we want him to, but it is all HIS plan and we may be the last to know what that is. Hugs.

  2. Wendy says:

    I am afraid that Danalee misunderstood what Eric was saying in his update regarding the absence of faith and fear. Please understand our hearts. Eric was not at all referring to Sam….he was referring to the rest of us. As immediate family members seeing Sam’s present condition, fear can creep in sometimes that says Sam will not get better. We don’t give voice to that fear in Sam’s presence, knowing it is a lie. We see the evidence of his recovery with our own eyes, and know by our spirit that he is healed. Anyone can track Sam’s miraculous progress thus far, watching him continues to heal and grow.
    We also have no doubts whatsoever that Sam is a child of God, and we certainly give room for and acknowledge times of discouragement for Sam and Erin. We are actually excited that Sam is giving voice to and showing signs of wanting to go home with Erin, giving the nurses a hug, having tears in his eyes or even crying. We were not saying that Sam wasn’t in faith because of this.
    What Eric was trying to communicate is that our faith does not rest in what we see in the natural realm, but what we know in God’s Supernatural and in His Word. Fear causes doubt, Faith overcomes both fear and doubt. God is the Author of our Faith.
    It is ALWAYS Eric’s heart to encourage others and stir their faith with Sam’s progress on this blog. His Father’s love for Sam and committment to pray for him is incredible; through his actions, Eric builds my faith.
    Thank you for the opportunity to clarify and hopefully prevent any other misconceptions.
    May the Lord Jesus Bless you today!
    Wendy

  3. Lori Peoria says:

    It is so wonderful to see the new pictures of Sam! He looks awesome! I can see the brightness in his eyes. God is answering our prayers.

  4. Bena Fabian says:

    I cried when I read this blog. Years ago I was very sick and each day I thought I would feel better. Day after day, no improvement, and I got very depressed after a while. It was quite a while before I recovered. I have never forgotten that experience. It’s sad to see Sam realize more and more what is going on and cab’t control it. That is wonderful; God willing, he will recover little by little and be restored.

    I met a Vietnam Vet last week who was in a VA hospital for 7 years! He’s about 50 now and is nearly perfectly normal. We met him on a golf course and had a wonderful conversation.

    God continue to bless you all.

  5. Kris Abbruzzi says:

    Hey there Sam, Erin & Families!

    Stopping by to say Hi to everyone, and to let you know that as always you’re in my thoughts and my prayers.

    I too cried when I read this entry. Many times I do that, but usually tears of happiness! I cannot even begin to imagine how trying this time is for you all. I don’t think any of us can imagine how frustrated Sam must be, and so many of us out here can’t imagine how his close family and friends must feel. It is such a blessing that Sam is now being more “vocal” and emotional but at the same time it must be so bittersweet.

    All I know is that there are always prayers being said for you all, and they’re being stepped up in times like these. And there are always big loads of extra special Angel Hugs coming your way too.

    God bless you Erin, I pray for your strength and for that of your families each and every day. He will continue to bless you, He will continue Sam’s restoration!

    By the way – the pics keep getting better and better! You can really SEE Sam in there. I’m not sure which one I love the most – Indiana Jones or the one at the bowling alley.

    Happy Belated Anniversary Sam & Erin, and Happy Belated Birthday Sam!!!! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

    With love,
    Kris, a Soldiers’ Angel from RI

  6. Kalista says:

    Kepp it up sam and youll be better in no time. it tears me apart to hear that someone we all feel so close to is so frusterated. But never fear, it will all be good and everything will heal in time. My thoughts and prayers are with you sam.

  7. Carol says:

    Standing with you folks in faith believing His Word that Sam is healed and restored. Your blogs are so encouraging and help us focus our prayers.
    It is great to hear Sam’s emotions are coming back however I can only imagine how challenging that can be for the rest of you. Emotions are a good sign and just a little further down the road emotions will join with the physical….Sam restored!
    Our prayers for strength of all of you go up to our Father daily.

  8. Steve Marquez says:

    Sam,

    I love you man! Still to this day you show me pure motivation. A true Marine, A true Man. God bless you bro. Your always in my heart and thoughts.

  9. Lynne says:

    Hi Tony,

    I have been reading your blog now for about a year and a half. My son Gabe was severely wounded in Afghanistan last year and is still in a wheelchair trying to save his left leg. Sometimes I can’t read the new posts right away as the emotions are just too raw, so I have to wait a few days. This is an incredibly difficult process and only loved ones who have been through it truly understand how hard it is to watch your child suffer. The wounded are great men and women. So are the families that support them on this seemingly endless journey to a place none of us has been before so we have no roadmap to follow. Sometimes I think I’m having a bad dream and will wake up to find out all is really well. My faith is about all I have left anymore, but even with it I am beginning to feel a bit like a wrung out washrag that’s been tossed in the corner and forgotten about. My well is about dry.

    God bless you and your family,
    Lynne

  10. Carol Calloway says:

    I too continue to believe that God will heal Sam and I am so glad to see the new improvements that Sam is making. I know that some of these things are difficult for you, Erin, but they are significant steps for Sam too. And I suspect that it is just as difficult for him.
    So I continue to pray every day for both of you and to ask God to continue to hold you both in the palm of his hand as he guides Sam’s recovery and your strength, Erin. God bless you both.

  11. Ray Starkowski says:

    We keep praying and beleiving that GOD will continue to heal Our Mighty Worrior Sam! Now he’s our Mighty Worrior in the most dramatic and prolific battle, For his restoration. Erin, our prayers continue for you always YOU are an ANGEL for sure., Eric and Ray, have not conversed with you lately but we are praying for all of you.
    Guess the frustration is the awareness of all thats going on and happening, that is a blessing in disquise. Vicci says she can see the difference and a glint in Sams eyes in some of those recent pics. Its great to see those pics of you both That is a Blessing from Our God for sure. Happy Belated Birthday Sam! hope to meet you guy’s sometime soon….. Can not wait to hear of the next work God has done for you both Ray and Vicci

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