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The real Medal of Honor

November 16, 2010 1 comment

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

No, not the most popular video game on the planet, but the no shit, real deal thing. A Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH). The first MOH to a living hero in this generation’s wars and the first living recipient in nearly 40 years dating all the way back to Vietnam. If you didn’t hear about this today, then where the hell were you? If you thought today’s top news was Prince William getting engaged then you need to be slapped! If you watched the Real Housewives today at 2pm EST then you have no concept of what “reality” is.

Paul Rieckhoff (IAVA Founder) said it best today that if you weren’t watching, then “you need to wake up!” I had a hard time believing that regular programming continued while this, one of America’s shining moments, was overshadowed by the every day. The “every day” that happens every F@ck!n& day! This is something that comes along a handful of times in a person’s life and we are too busy with the trivial to pause and pay respect to the phenomenal. A hero stood before us today and was awarded THEE HIGHEST military honor a person could ever be bestowed, yet many channels never televised it. Way to go networks, way to go America. I still love you to death, but like the mystery that is “women,” I will never figure you out.

SSG Salvatore A. Giunta of the US Army received the Congressional Medal of Honor today for heroics on a mountain top in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. His patrol was ambushed, he covered one wounded soldier then realized another was missing. He singlehandedly took on enemy fighters who were dragging away that missing wounded soldier, killed his kidnappers, took fire himself, yet still administered first aid until the medevac chopper arrived to evacuate the wounded. The wounded were airlifted and SSG Giunta continued on his mountain top patrol with the rest of his squad as if to say, “all in a day’s work.” What did you do today? Anything close to that? Me neither, but I did recognize that heroism and paid my respects.

SSG Giunta has now been indoctrinated into the Congressional Medal of Honor Society where so few have been granted membership and even fewer have lived to enjoy its perks. What an incredible day for our United States. Too bad many of us didn’t get the chance to see real history being made. Do yourselves a favor and read up on this example of American heroism, hopefully the next time the Medal of Honor is awarded, the whole country can watch.

We now return to your regularly scheduled programs…

Veteran’s Day NYC 2010

November 12, 2010 3 comments

Googlers manning the tent

My new favorite day is Veteran’s Day from here on out, period. No longer does Halloween or St. Patty’s day or even my birthday(I may change my mind about this year’s bday since I turn 30) have the same amount of energy as this day does for me. Hell this Veteran’s week has been a real eye-opener for me. Its made me truly appreciative for the life I lead and the people that I get to call my friends along with my brothers and sisters in arms. I dont even think that this bit of writing can put into words the spectrum of emotion I have seen and experienced in this past seven days, but I’ll give it a whirl!

0800 at the Flatiron Building came really early, but I met some vets on the Path train in who were way more chipper than I and this gave me a little kickindapantalones. Upon arriving, the tent was already up, the Googlers were in place and team IAVA was in full effect. Cold like the dickens but the coffee was flowing and so were the the dog nuts, I mean doughnuts. Thankfully the cops didnt find out, ha! We passed out hand warmers, took lots of pictures, shared stories, and made some new friends (what up Mike from an hour north in NY!). Read more…

4th Annual Heroes Gala

November 10, 2010 4 comments

view from up top

The week was a little hectic around the IAVA office as they prepped for the biggest days of the year, the Heroes Gala and Veteran’s Day. An overwhelming sense of anxiousness filled the place if only for the need to make this Veteran’s week a hit. The tireless efforts of the real people behind these amazing events in both NYC and in 7 other cities throughout the US, is a testament in itself to the dedication veterans and this organization have. Im not preaching, Im just stating fact.

Late last Friday night I was invited to join sit at the Joseph Abboud table for the 4th Annual Heroes Gala. What an amazing opportunity, BUT I still didnt have a suit for fancy occasions. This proved to be a problem all weekend until finally on Monday I purchased 2 suits and had them rush tailored for Wed. Man was it worth the money and the stress to get this suit ready. The Heroes Gala on Wednesday night was out of this world. Gotham Hall in NYC is this incredible ornate marble cathedral of a place that used to be a bank back in the day. If you ever get a chance to attend something here or at least walk through, you should. Its like stepping back in time or being in a place of royalty. 40 tables dotted the space with these glittering chandeliers flowing from the ceilings and glinting about the hall. NBC’s Brian Williams MC’d the night and was an amazing speaker filled with such worldly knowledge and good for a couple jabs at our great city’s “5 foot 8 inches of twisted metal” Mayor Bloomberg. That’s a direct quote from Brian Williams and is in no way meant to slander this man. Take it down a notch. Read more…

WELCOME HOME JOE (its in all caps for emphasis because its a good cause!)

September 30, 2010 5 comments

So a long time ago, when I used to keep up with this blog, I wrote about a photo shoot that I particpated in with IAVA.org, Joseph Abboud, and JC Penney. Well if you read about it and wanted so longingly to see those pics, well here THEY ARE!!!! Im totally joking about the previous statement, but really, the campaign is about to launch with the JC Penney mailer that goes out to a hand full of millions of people and also the JC Penney website has a section devoted to it. Im honestly amazed at how well we all were portrayed and the pics and videos are incredible. Im sure Ill get some fun poked at me for doing this, but this is an experience unlike I have ever had and I am thankful to IAVA.org, JC Penney, and Joseph Abboud for letting me be a part of this. I am truly and humbly thankful. Read more…