Thursday, April 3, 2008

Wednesday's Hero: Captain Daniel J. Burkhart

Captain Daniel J. Burkhart is this week's Wednesday Hero. He is deployed to Afghanistan to train the Afghan Border Patrol. (Be nice if we could have some, but that's a different article.) Here is a little about him.

He is a Captain in US Army, 2/358, who is from West Springfield. He has been awarded the Bronze Star for doing an excellent job while over in Afghanistan, and also for going above and beyond the call of duty.

He has been going to the refugees camps which are little more than mud huts that look as though they had been trampled on so he could help them in their needs, yet he feels as though he receives more from them in return. He brings them gifts from the people here at home send to him, including his Mom who is a big fan of his.

His hope is that when they grow up, they will remember the kindness of the US Military. In this hope, he is solemnly aware of the influence of the Taliban and their teachings. Maybe, just maybe, the hatred of the Taliban will be so at odds with what they know as a fact. If this happens, then the Taliban will be rejected.

He will, in the long run, be very grateful to return home to his new wife and child. They have only been together 27 out of the 40 months of their marriage. He was able to take leave when his daughter was born, but he had to leave six days after. This was one of the hardest things he has ever done. The children in Afghanistan, however, kept reminding of him of how much we in America are blessed. This is a good thing. I have a feeling he will miss these children, too, when he returns home. Read more about him here:
Hometown: West Springfield, MA.
Awarded: Bronze Star
Stories: West Springfield story.
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I realize today is Thursday, but I did not want to pass this Hero by. I was up late last night due to technical difficulties, but at least I took the opportunity to introduce to you this Hero. Have a wonderfully blessed day.

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Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's Oasis

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

Posts I've trackbacked to at Linkfest and other sites: Pirate's Cove: TTLF Say No To Absolut, Cao's Blog: Thursday OTB, A Newt One- Don't miss this show!: Wonderful Mystery Guest Lined For Friday!, Right Truth: Real Life Experience, Conservative Cat, The Yankee Sailor: Thursday Open Post, D=S: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME?, Leaning Straight Up: Checking Hell’s temperature, as the 9th Circuit Court Upholds Ten Commandments display, Maggie's Notebook: Haditha Marines – One Still Facing Trial, thanks so much to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

Posts that have trackbacked to this post:
1. Tilting at Windmill Farms: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem.
2. Tilting at Windmill Farms: Democrat Senator Calls For Tighter Border Security.
3. Planck's Constant: Rachel`s Law and the Burning Cats of Genghis Khan.
4. Stageleft: Life on the left side: Yeah, That’s Appropriate.
5. Diary of the Mad Pigeon: Free Speech, or Violent Overtones?
6. Wolf Pangloss: Where is Scalia wrong on abortion?
7. Wolf Pangloss: Fame Behind Bars Open Post and Trackback.
8. Conservative Cat: Out Cold Without a Comment Script.
9. Right Voices: There Goes the Mainstream Media Again: Ignorance, Misrepresentation, or Lying?
10. Leaning Straight Up: Friday Funnies: HRC lied, people yawned...
11. Right Truth: AN ARMED POPULATION IS A FREE POPULATION -- THE BASIS FOR A STRONG NATION.
12. Leaning Straight Up: KVI today: Ken Schram thinks your kids are wimps.
13. Nuke Gingrich: Imagination and inspiration. What’s next. Digg! Digg!

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