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High School Smiles

Posted on April 15, 2014

Most of what we read and hear about our educational system issues and our high school students being entitled, lazy kids who are all attitude and little substance was proven wrong to me this week. I was honored to have been invited to spend two days as a guest Presenter at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, where I spoke to hundreds of students about my books, writing and my 33 year career as a Police Officer. Most of the students had been required to read my book, “A COP’S LIFE” and I don’t know about you, but whenever I was “required” to do a reading assignment in high school, “enthusiastic” would probably not have been the word to describe my response. But I was overwhelmed at not only the participation of the mostly 16 and 17 year old Juniors, but the intelligent, thoughtful questions and comments that these young men and women had to offer. I was not the only guest presenter. My good friends Warren Lewis who wrote the screen play for “Black Rain” and “Thirteenth Warrior” among others, spoke about screen writing and Stephan Nasser who survived a Nazi Death camp and wrote the book, “MY BROTHERS VOICE” spoke about his experience and learning to forgive. This is not the first time that I have spoken to students at this school and I would like not only to thank English teacher Christi McEarchern, who arranged it, but the folks in the Gorman administration for inviting us. The three of us shared the same thoughts about the students at this school and all came away with the feeling that the next generation is full or promise, intelligence and compassion and it is schools like Bishop Gorman who are selflessly preparing these young men and women for their roles in future of America.

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Windy25 Memorial 5K Run

Posted on March 15, 2014

The 4th Annual Windy25 Memorial 5K Run to take place April 5, 2014

On Ninth Anniversary Weekend of Crash in Afghanistan, Survivors & Veterans

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 4, 2014) – On April 5, 2014 a very special 5K race will honor fallen service members and raise funds to help the families they leave behind. The 4th Annual Windy25 Memorial 5K, being held April 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the famous Las Vegas strip, will memorialize fallen service members and raise funds to help their families through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

The race memorializes the flight crew of the Windy25, an Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter that crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan on April 6, 2005 –Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clint Prather, Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Ayala, Staff Sergeant Charles “Chuck” Sanders, Specialist Michael Spivey and Specialist Pendelton Sykes II; and, the flight’s 13 passengers – MAJ Edward J. Murphy, SGM Barbaralien Banks, CPT David S. Connolly, SPC Daniel J. Freeman, MSG Edwin A. Matoscolon, SPC Chrystal G. Stout, SPC Sascha Struble, SGT Stephen C. High, SSG Romanes L. Woodard, SGT James S. Lee (USMC), S. Jason Lucio, Lance B. Taylor, and Ronald Wade.

To date, the Windy25 Memorial Fund’s 5K race has raised $150,000 to help the families of our fallen military through TAPS. “We hope to top that in 2014 and reach the $250,000 mark with the help of generous donors, participants, and sponsors. We invite anyone to participate in this epic event by running, walking, or donating,” said Wilhelm.

The Windy25 Memorial 5K is dedicated to the memory of the crew and passengers, who died while on a combat mission in Afghanistan. Surviving family members of those who died in the crash nine years ago and veterans who served with them will be at the race this year to honor and remember those who died. on the Las Vegas Strip.

Remember Those Lost

“We should not forget that many have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country,” said Craig Wilhelm, organizer of the Windy25 Memorial 5K. “For the surviving families of our fallen heroes, dealing with their grief is hard to imagine. That’s why I’m so grateful we can support TAPS, which offers compassionate care and comfort to the families our fallen military heroes left behind,” said Wilhelm.

Sign up to run or walk in the Windy25 Memorial 5K on April 5th, 2014 or donate at http://www.tapsrunandremember.org/Windy25.
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the military. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, connections to community-based care, case work assistance, and 24/7 crisis intervention care for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge.

“The commitment and excitement from the team organizing the Windy25 Memorial 5K in Las Vegas is phenomenal and inspiring,” said Marie Campbell, director of the TAPS Run & Remember Team. “The funds they are raising will help so many loved ones left behind by our fallen military. We are deeply grateful for their support.”

Founded in 1994 out of tragedy by bereaved military families, TAPS has offered support to more than 40,000 people. For more information go to www.taps.org or call toll-free 800.959.TAPS.

Media contact for TAPS: Ami Neiberger-Miller, 202.588.8277. ami@taps.org

Media contact for Windy25 Memorial 5K: Craig Wilhelm, 541.350.6150.

craig@windy25.org

Windy25 Memorial 5K Run

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Footsteps in the Snow

Posted on March 03, 2014

A moment in time. A chance encounter that captures both honor and innocence. The story of a littleboy whose father, a soldier who was killed in war and how that little boy touched the life of another soldier is truly one of the most beautiful stories that I have seen and heard in a long time. Personal Heroes come in many sizes and shapes and colors as eight year old Myles Eckert illustrates. He was walking with his family when he found a twenty dollar bill in the parking lot of a restaurant. Visions of video games danced in his head as he discovered his prize but what happened in the next few minutes has touched lives all over the globe and especially one particular Officer, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey. This remarkable little boy saw the uniformed soldier and choosing to honor him, he wrote a note of thanks, wrapped the twenty dollar bill in it and handed it to the shocked Officer. Emotion, clearly evident on his face, Col Dailey spoke of how that simple act of kindness, respect and honor has affected his life. The story doesn’t end there though. After his family left the restaurant, Myles wanted to share his story…with his dad and asked his mother to take him to the cemetery to see him. His mother took a
photograph of the eight year old walking through the snow to stand by his father’s grave and tell him how he had honored his memory. It is this image, his footsteps in the snow, that burn in my memory, Thank you Myles, for reminding all of us that honor and innocence still exist within us.

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