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Veterans who give back give Back give them a second to their families

Veterans who give back give Back give them a second to their families

The second annual Variety and Voices Magnified special that aired Thursday on Veterans Day honoring veterans Day was the focus of the second year of Salute to service special on the Veterans day.

The hourlong program featured the appearances of President George W. Bush, GMA anchor Michael Strahan, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff.

As Roberts explained, a quadruple amputee who now runs reserving centers for veterans in Maine to he is pursuing his dream of becoming sailor.

Anna Rita Talerico helped build the American Medical Center in Kabul after her service in Afghanistan as an air medic and Air Force physician. In August, the final troop withdrawal led to chaos in the country, Taleriko and others helped 137 people escape Afghanistan.

As the drawdown began, Talerico and other veterans heard from many of the Afghans they had worked with at the clinic.

One of the 37 families who were transported out of harms way after Kabul fell to the Taliban, said one of their families, who had been called the "We care" for a long time. We had ten days of our minds and sat on the escort bus, said tyranny.

Two years ago, a bomb bomb blast followed and he fell asleep - on the ground, and was on restraining the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. The second of the three tours, the former Sgt. Thomas was able to serve veterans who have been recalibrated in their service as referred to as the Foreign, Mister, in the United States, in whose service is based on their experience, was lost in an accident and suffered serious injuries.

As a new father, Mills was worried that he would never see his then-infant daughter Chloe grow up. He was rushed into 14 hours of surgery.

During a long period of physical therapy, Mills recalled that he has regained his incredible mobility, and regaining the ability to drive / with prosthetic legs.

Mills is quick to say that Chloe and her younger brother Dax are key to his drive.

My slogan is, Never give up, never quit, says Mills.

Abdul-Jabbar paid tribute to Jesse Iwuji, a former Navy Lieutenant-General who now serves in the Navy and the Army, who conquered his doubts to become slack in achieving the feat of becoming 'a NASCAR driver'.

Iwuji knew intellectually that he was late to start a racing career at the age of 27 and that racing was not an inclusive world for Black drivers. All of that stuff was creeping into my mind, I said. I didn't listen to it. He was resolute.

He said that it's OK to have failures. As long as you grind every day, you'll end up making mistakes.

Kelly Emlinger is a national paralympic triathlon champion who competes in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympies and is training for the Paris Olympics in 2024. She served several tours with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan as scold and combat nurse.

She's always loved sports, and now she'll be proud of her hard-won ability to compete at the highest level. After retiring from the university of sarcoma in 2018 she had the nyctal artery cancer in her leg, so she decided to have her legs amputated.

She says that is awesome to me.

The meeting of retired Air Force commanders Jeff Klosky and Eugene Gutierrez is one of the most heart-tugging segments. Kloski treats Gutiersrez to a brief flight in droid, titled Dream Flights, which began in 2011 as savage pilots project.

Besides, Dream Flight has flown more than 5,100 missions to date.

All the war memorials he saw around the world are called the Black Devils. But even though a single person saw the black Devil, 'the black man's army, was in the form of whose death in 1944. Those two men were the soldiers who resigned from the Army and departed from america, and ended up in his seat.

The entrepreneur behind Big Future Toys - which launched with support from the Comcast Rise program, aimed to help women, people of color and veterans develop a strong foundation for the business.

I've made a huge leap back to civilians, so I found it challenging, Rho said. Now I make toys.

Alicia Hanf, an Army veteran, is the force behind Dear Mama, a philanthropic investment platform and venture capital firm that works to support veteran-led businesses. She knows well how hard it can be for some to forge britain's next chapter.

While you are in the military, a lot of your identity is wrapped up in our service, Hanf said. When you get out of the army, you don't put on that uniform anymore, so it feels like he has taken off that shirt when we take off the uniform.

President Bush introduces the History audience to Juan Carlos Hernandez, who lost a leg in 2009, while serving as he was stepping on the front line in the Warsaw World War II. His first meeting was in 2011, during the annual Warrior 100K cycling event hosted by the Bush Institutes Team 43 veterans service organization that aims to help those who were injured on front lines.

Hernandez was born in Mexico and came to the United States as a child with his parents, years later he became enrolled in the military, and took his oath and citizenship exam at Bagram Air Base.

After high school in Texas, Hernandez saw military service as a better path than college. I saw the U.S. Army as an opportunity to give back to this country for giving us the opportunity, to be here, he said.

As the pain of his leg increased, Hernandez wanted to pursue a mountain biking career. He lost most of her right leg to shrapnel, when he shot dozens of grenades at the Taliban, and soon realized if she could take up mountain bike. Despite the success of what Bush described as life-changing physical therapy, grew stronger, re-energized his coveted bike and became stronger.

Bush urged viewers to take proactive steps to demonstrate gratitude for the sacrifices and commitments to duty that come with military service.

Americans can help by getting in touch with the veteran in your community, hiring a veteran or supporting veteran service organizations, Bush says.

(Pictured: Travis Mills)