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With the latest news of the VA scandal making headlines we just wanted to pause and say that we believe that our military veterans deserve the best medical care in the world, not the left overs. Especially those who have been wounded in any way, physically or psychologically.

At Herocare it pains us to see our veterans mistreated in any way. We believe they are the heart and soul of what makes America great and there is no excuse for anything less than excellence in how we treat our soldiers, their families, our veterans and especially our wounded veterans!

Thank you to all of our Herocare Members who shine their lights bright every day in your communities. We hope you will verbally show your support in every way possible regarding this issue of taking care of our veterans. There is no political angle on this issue folks! We believe that every American believes the same we do… after all, we all bleed red, white and blue first, right?

More on this issue:

http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/07/12/5965378/the-va-scandal-is-far-from-ordinary.html

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/07/vas-newest-scandal-whistleblower-retaliation/

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True Hero – Major Marci Hodge

“In this job, you find out what you’re made of; if you can hack it or not.”

Recently promoted to Major, Marci Hodge knows a thing or two about what she’s made of. She’s spent ten years in the Army; 5 years on Active duty and another 5 so far in the Reserve. She returned from Camp Victory in Iraq, her second deployment, a couple of years ago.

“I’m not interested in reliving traumatic events. The job is to create stability and win hearts and minds,” expressed Hodge, who spent 8 months in theater this last time.

MAJ Hodge, who served as Division Humanitarian Assistance Officer as well as the Battalion Sustainment Chief for the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion, is a logistician and civil affairs officer; simply put, “I can move anything,” she said, like thousands of fourth and fifth grade level books for school children that the Department of State had been previously trying to move from Jordan to Iraq for the last few years with no luck.

Or such as in Iskandiayh, one of the 14 different locations her battalion covered in Iraq, where she worked on a project with local government to get a completely staffed plant that had survived the war back to fully functioning capacity. Working with one of the facility’s managers- one of the few who spoke English at the plant- MAJ Hodge’s team on the ground even helped establish organizational practices and human resources, bringing in corporate mentors from the United States.
Her team worked to ensure that the plant would be in a position to operate without the U. S.’s assistance in the future. They brought in older generators to their Forward Operating Base that the Army no longer needed but had the potential to refurbished, and presented the plant with and its employees with their first large project post-war. Local Iraqi truck drivers were also employed to transport the refurbished generators.

“It put folks back to work,” said MAJ Hodge, citing at least a thousand workers associated with the local Iraqi plant’s operations.

And it’s the “folks” she’s interacted with that have made the most significant impression on MAJ Hodge, including the Iraqi locals.

“People matter regardless of where they are,” she said slowly, emphasizing that people are the same despite miles of ocean and geographic boundaries.

MAJ Hodge, awarded the Bronze Star for her meritorious service in Iraq, identified it as a “human connection” one that allows people to relate and help one another.

And according to MAJ Hodge, one would be hard-pressed to find “more amazing people” to work with than the American troops she’s served alongside while in the Army, able to overcome the inevitable obstacles and disappointments that occur while deployed with camaraderie and hard work.

“It’s your duty to give back,” said Hodge. “You give it everything you’ve got.”

True Hero – Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Henderson

For Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Henderson, it was a lifetime of service and professional development in the U.S. Marine Corps that prepared him to command1,200 Marines in southern Afghanistan and engage in the most vicious combat fighting he had ever seen.

“Your preparations for those types of moments span your entire career,” said Henderson. “At 18 years of education and training, it’s what prepared me to listen and learn.”

Just two months into his deployment in southern Helmand Province, Henderson, who was the Commander of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Division, was tasked to devise a combat plan to overrun a historic Taliban stronghold in the Gamshir area known as the Jugroom Fort. Jugroom Fort was a 19th century British fort, built out of mud, which spanned five kilometers and was surrounded by tunnels, machine-gun bunkers, minefield and IEDs. It was typically defended by 200-400 Taliban fighters at any given point in time.

“It was a very complex attack. We had forces moving by land and air – plus we were coordinating with the British forces,” said Henderson.

The mission began on April 28, 2008, and for the next month, there were several sustained battles as the ISAF forces slowly closed in on the area. The major combat operation commenced on May 28, 2008. Henderson led his Battalion to the southern end of Fort Jugroom, while still keeping his eye on the overall battle plan.

As Henderson’s Battalion approached the Fort, the enemy began firing on the rear echelon trucks, essentially closing them in between the Fort and enemy fire. Henderson decided to push his men into the interior area of the Fort to engage directly with the enemy.

“Marines had to physically get the Taliban out of the Fort and it was the most vicious fighting I had ever seen,” reflected Henderson. “The enemy had defensive positions in and outside the Fort, and grenades and rocket fire were exchanged between 10, 20 and 30 meters.”

“There were fighters and Marines all over the place. The enemy was around everyone and everyone was around the enemy.”

At this point, Henderson’s men and the other one thousand Marines fighting at Fort Jugroom had been awake for two whole days with temperatures reaching 110 degrees. With 3-4-foot wheat fields surrounding the Fort, Henderson knew that fighting into the night would be dangerous – from the threat of enemy attacks and the heat.

“I grew up on a farm and I knew that wheat fields collect extreme heat. I had to make a decision that would result in the least amount of casualties,” reflected Henderson.

As the firefight subsided, the Marines retreated to nearby shelter. However, the next day, intelligence reports indicated that the enemy was packing up and heading toward the Pakistani border. It became a major victory for the ISAF forces and Henderson’s Marines.

“We spent the next two weeks clearing the Fort and the surrounding villages where the Taliban had stocked weapons and ammunition,” said Henderson. “For them, Jugroom was the final defense and there was nothing left to defend.”
Henderson’s tour in Afghanistan lasted six more months after the battle for Jugroom Fort. Two years later, he is stationed with the Joint Chiefs Regional Operations Staff in Washington, D.C., and Henderson can only wish to be back in Afghanistan.

“It’s humbling and fulfilling to lead Marines,” reflected Henderson. “I have a constant yearning to be back there and amongst them.”

True Hero – Major Troy Scott

“We have the world’s largest, baddest army,” said Major Troy Scott of the Army National Guard, while explaining how easily stereotypes against other nations’ militaries can often arise. “But when you’re building a coalition, you have to get past those obstacles.”

MAJ Scott ‘s deployment to eastern Afghanistan in 2008- his first and for which he has received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his service- was spent in the company of those whom many back home may not have expected. Two thirds of the “Herculean” Task Force he commanded were members of the Polish military brigade – not American soldiers.

MAJ Scott was assigned as Senior U.S. Advisor to the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan, operating as the Deputy Commander of the 1200 man Task Force White Eagle- predominately Poles- from March 2008 to October 2008. It was the only coalition battalion-size task force under the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division.

On October 31, 2008 the Polish Military Contingent assumed responsibility of their own Brigade battle space, with MAJ Scott continuing on as advisor to the Polish brigade.

Said MAJ Scott, “Sometimes U.S. Forces, we look at ourselves- and rightly so- as a superior force.” But, he explained, to watch one of our NATO partners (particularly the Poles) operate in Afghanistan and exceed expectations proved to be a tremendously gratifying experience

There has been a further impact to maintaining such a partnership as well. Keeping the Poles in Afghanistan allows the U.S. to keep 3 times the number of our soldiers out of Afghanistan.

“The value is expediential- a combat multiplier,” he said.

It was MAJ Scott’s job to ensure that the American expectations were understandable for the Poles, for whom English was not their second language, but their third. Scott, who had no previous experience with the Polish military or even the Polish language, observed the melding of two differing armies and cultures, fighting alongside one another for a shared goal in a foreign space.

Learning the land and history of the region was key to both MAJ Scott and his Task Force. During his deployment, his brigade participated in the largest coalition movement of personnel in Afghanistan, moving battle spaces from the Paktika province to the Ghazni province.

“You have to be a little bit politician, engineer, city planner, lawyer,” described MAJ Scott.

For his service and leadership, MAJ Scott has also been recommended for the Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross.

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