Thank you Marine Skok for what you are doing VOLUNTARILY!! I wish there were one or a few of you at each school in every district across the USA. There are a small percentage of retired military who would give as unselfishly as you have. That is why it is said, "The Few, The Proud" and all the negative comments should continue to be your motivation. Metal plate, chronic pain, continued physical therapy...just to make it through everyday ASIDE from the strenuous volunteer work!?!? What you are displaying is inner strength, determination and loyalty to what you believe. I believe what you are doing is phenomenal and admirable. I do NOT believe what you are doing will antagonize someone to come there. Evil preys upon the weak and unguarded...you are deterring it's presence and it's approach to that building. Normal citizens do NOT care if you are in your full uniform or not...we do not care if you're in jeans...we care that your presence is there. We care that your training is within you while you are there and, undoubtedly, would do whatever is necessary to protect the hundreds of children and adults within the building DESPITE your "disabilities"...if something were to happen, your training and adrenaline would kick in and you would forget your injuries, pain and restrictions. I know very well that your goal is NOT media recognition or public approval. Your goal is to make your step-daughters feel safe. Anyone who is a parent knows and understands what you are doing and are thankful that you are in a position to do that. Thank you, thank you James...YOU ARE AWESOME!!
January 28, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.