Last August, Navy Petty Officer Taylor Morris was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" in a ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his exceptionally valorous conduct on May 3, 2012 while serving with the Special Operations Task Force at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, where he sustained catastrophic injuries to all four limbs. After receiving the medal, Morris said, "I just want to say one thing if I could: If I had hands, I'd take this off and pin it on Danielle, because she's helped me through everything, and it's been so hard. She's been there the whole time."
Ten months after his injury, Taylor is continuing rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD with his girlfriend of many years, Danielle Kelly, at his side. The Semper Fi Fund continues to assist with Family Support grants for airfare and lodging so that Taylor can have his family close by during his recovery.
Although it has been a tough year for the couple, they have high hopes for their future. Danielle wrote this message on her blog for New Year's day: "This year has thrown some pretty hard punches, the ones that take the breath right out of you, but we held on even when we didn’t think we could muster up the strength. We can say with an exhausted smile on our faces that we both still feel very blessed despite having the most challenging year of our lives! We're ready for a New Year!! Goodbye 2012. 2013 we have high expectations."
Taylor and Danielle have stayed by each other's side throughout this difficult, life-altering year. Their story is touching, and their strength is inspiring to other individuals and couples who are traveling similar roads to recovery.
Sometimes words cannot say enough, so photographer Tim Dodd told Taylor and Danielle's "Love Story in 22 Pictures" and really captured the couple's love and strength.
You can see even more of this adorable couple by clicking on the video below, or you can check out their blog!