Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dan Makes an Impact Face to Face...

I had the great privilege of meeting Dan Gilyeat yesterday morning.  He is an ex marine Sgt who lost a leg in Iraq.  He is a breath of fresh air that has a passion to make a difference in Washington.  His number 1 goal is to put this country back on the track our founding fathers meant for it to be.

I urge you to get to know Dan, his principles, his ideas, and his vision.  He needs our support.  This is a grass roots candidate that can make a difference.  This is his website. 

There are a lot you that sit at your computers all day long with nothing better to do than send political emails complaining about how this country is run.  Well here is a candidate that can use that energy.  Get behind a fellow brother Marine, a veteran, a man with a sense of God, Country and what is correct. 

Let’s get this guy elected and start the revolution!!!

RL Paschall
R. L. "Dick" Paschall

Dan received this e-mail through his website the other day and he decided to answer it. It was sent through SquirrelMail....a web browser that hides the senders information. The e-mail link leads nowhere. Guess he's a coward who's afraid to directly take on a Marine....

Name: I.Work.Hard

I would like Dan to attend a full day of work at a job that he found himself.  My
understanding is that this man does not work, can barely pay his own bills, etc. 
How can you honestly represent the working class when you don\'t even work.  Stop
sponging off society and get a job you cadge!!!

Dear I.Work.Hard

Wow, I must have hit your last nerve.
A cadge? I had to look it up and simply put it means being a freeloader.
I don't know why you need an accounting of my work ethic, my finances or my life, but I'll try. I've worked many full days as a heavy equipment mechanic before I joined the US Marines. I owned and ran Frankenstein Classic Cars, after my first four year tour in the Marines.

911 interrupted most caring American's lives; mine as well. I immediately went back on active duty. I volunteered to go to Iraq in 2003. A war zone is not a pleasant place to be. Long hours, sand fleas, scorpions, 110 degree nights and even hotter days. You have to be vigilant 24/7 or you can get yourself or your friends killed. I volunteered for a second tour to protect and defend my country, my family; even you. It didn't go so well. I came home after having my leg blown off and thousands of pieces of shrapnel embedded in my body.

I worked hard to learn to use my prosthetic leg. I broke nine of them while helping the Doctors and technicians perfect these appliances for other wounded warriors. I worked even harder learning to cope with the new realities of my life. I learned I had a gift for reaching other wounded men and women and their families. I used techniques, that I had perfected myself and taught others how to cope with the major life changes they faced.

The Nurses and Doctors at Brook Army Hospital took notice of my capacity to reach other wounded men and women. One of the nurses gave my name to Helping a Hero Foundation. They build modest homes for wounded warriors all over the country. The woman who ran Helping a Hero Foundation, Meridith Iiler interviewed me and thought my story was compelling so she contacted ABC about rebuilding my house on Extreme Makeover - Home Edition. The rest is history.

As a single Father, I've struggled financially to provide for my family. It isn't easy to rebuild a life after devastating injuries and a mountain of debt left to me by my first marriage. Last 911, God blessed me once more when I married the woman of my dreams. A woman I met because of that episode of Extreme Makeover. I'm a lucky man. I have seven kids, a new wife and I'm running for Congress.

I don't ask why God chose this path for me. I just accept it as the blessing it is and move on. God blessed my heart to let me see the spark good in everyone. Not everyone is going to like me, some will be jealous, some will just hate me for no good reason. I don't take anything for granted. God Blessed me with a second chance at life. A second chance to bring my children up to respect God, their family and themselves. I work in my community and I'm involved in my kid's schools.

I spent 12 years in a job I loved, a job most Americans won't do. I would have been a lifer but God had other plans for me. I am a Servant of the Lord, a husband, a Father, a friend and a decorated (Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V) US Marine (R).

Something must have fired you up because you took the time to think up your clever user name and e-mail address and even look up an obscure word to use to try and insult me.

Thanks, that took some real effort,

Matthew 7:3 (KJV)
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

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