When things are going well, it’s easy to forget about the people that make it so. When we go to sleep, and enjoy a restful night without worry, we have one group to thank: our U.S. Military members.
While America may not currently be “officially” at war, our soldiers are stationed in countless dangerous, remote places all over the globe. They sacrifice their sleep, their food, and even their own basic welfare to ensure our great freedoms remain preserved. They do all of this for their fellow countrymen, determined to see the American Flag hold its rightful place high in the sky.
The atrocity that happened recently in Vegas is nothing short of shocking. As the worst mass shooting event in U.S. history, it has sent shock-waves through the cultural and political fabric of our nation.
Yet, even in cases of such horror, shining glimmers of hope can sometimes appear. For Vegas, it was certainly the courageous Police who responded rapidly, but also the Veterans who sprang into action as bullets began to make contact.
Of the approximately 22,000 concertgoers in attendance, many of them were Veterans, according to several accounts. And this makes sense given that it was one of Jason Aldean’s shows.
And in the midst of terror, everyone was very lucky Veterans were there.
Iraq War Veteran Colin Donohue was present that night, explaining what happened to Fox News:
“I looked around and went ‘Oh crap this is actually happening.’ So I started pushing people out and said ‘Alright, let’s go. You need to go here.” He says, “We started taking care of those who are injured. There were a lot of people and it gives me chills because there’s nothing I could do. I’m not a doctor, but you have a lot of people out there helping out.”
And concertgoers are agreeing in unison. Russell Bleck, an eyewitness there on the scene, told the TODAY show everyone was more than blessed to have Veterans on-site:
“Thank god it was at a country concert, there were so many ex-military there. You saw these men jump into action, their training…not even in uniform. These people just knowing what to do and treating their wounds. I didn’t see a single one taking cover, these guys were just running directly into the danger zone.”
But that isn’t all.
Even CNN was forced to report on the immense bravery displayed by the Veterans present. In an intense one-on-one interview, Iraq War Veteran Taylor Winston revealed what he and his friends did after gunfire popped off:
“Once we were in it, we decided to go help get everyone out of there,” he explained. “Shots were still firing, we had a couple of friends … set up a make shift hospital on the backside away from the gunfire, and they were pulling people out of the venue. We pulled up to that and they started loading us up with the most critical injured.”
Winston, after making sure his close friends were okay, ran to a nearby vehicle depot, grabbed the closest van he could find with keys inside, and rushed back into the action.
His actions, and those of Iraq War Veteran Colin Donohue described above, define what it means to be an American. These men risked their own safety in a trying time of brutality. It is exactly because of men and women like this that America remains the greatest country on Earth.
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