Hero Stories

Sgt. Gabriel Martinez, USMC (Ret.), Bob Parsons and Cpl. Justin Gaertner, USMC (Ret.)

Battle Brothers Reunited by The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation at the 2015 Celebrity Fight Night

March 28, 2015

On November 26, 2010, United States Marines Sergeant Gabriel Martinez and Corporal Justin Gaertner saw their lives irrevocably altered in a split-second, a moment that would…
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Staff Sergeant Mark Zambon: “I am fiercely proud of my sacrifice.”

March 12, 2015

“I had my digging knife with me,” says Staff Sgt Mark Zambon, recalling July 5, 2012, the day he reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. “I…
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Valentine’s Day 2015

January 27, 2015

“For the first couple of years we were together, we didn’t spend Valentine’s Day with each other,” said Courtney Carnes, who met her husband Garrett in…
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Master Sergeant Cedric K., USA

November 24, 2014

“I had a bad day at work,” Cedric says, recalling July 25, 2012—the day he stepped on an IED. “My bad day at work just happened…
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Petty Officer First Class, Bernard N., USN (Ret.)

November 21, 2014

Bernard joined the Navy in 2000 and, after studying aviation structural/hydraulics, deployed to Afghanistan twice with SEAL Team 3, first shortly after 9/11, and for a…
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Corporal Matthew B., USMC (Ret.)

November 3, 2014

“Just because I’m blind doesn’t mean I don’t have vision. I believe God kept me alive for a reason, and that’s to tell my story.” So…
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Corporal Cody S., USA (Ret.)

November 2, 2014

“I want people to know that we are at war, and we still have guys getting injured all the time,” said Nancy, the mother of Corporal…
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Sergeant Shurvon P., USMC (Ret.)

September 15, 2014

Shurvon was finishing a patrol in his HUMVEE returning to base when it was hit by an IED in May of 2005. All were injured, but…
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