My Dad Was A War Hero
- Published: 02 July 2019
- By Daniel | Subscribe: bit.ly/sub2storybooth | Comment, like, share this story.
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Growing up, Daniel was the only son in his family, so he always had a special bond with his dad. They did everything together - from fun activities to chores - and they were best friends.
Daniel's father was also in the Air Force, and he specialized in EOD - Explosive Ordinance Disposal. It was his father's job to disarm bombs and handle any potential threats or danger. Because of the nature of his job, he often was deployed and had to leave home. Even though it was sad to see him go, Daniel and his family were always so proud of his dad and his military career.
In the summer of 2011, Daniel's parents were chatting on the phone - which they did every single day - but were interrupted by a knock on Daniel's father's door. His father told his mother that he would call her back, and he headed out on a mission where he had to disarm a bomb.The military team typically used robots for these kinds of missions, but when the robot failed, Daniel's father volunteered to retrieve the robot. Tragically, as Daniel's father attempted to complete the task, a device exploded.
The following night, a group of military officers came to Daniel's house to deliver the horrific news. After the military troops left, Daniel's mother sat him and his sisters down and explained what had happened and how their dad wasn't going to be coming home. Daniel and his family were completely devastated.
Four years later, Daniel's mother created an event called "Women of Warriors" to help their community and support families impacted by military service - people who dealt with such issues as PTSD, amputation, and more.
The event and organization became so popular and influential that Daniel's mother was even nominated for "Mother of the Year" by The Steve Harvey Show. Daniel, his sisters and his mother traveled all the way to Chicago for the show, and they even got to meet Steve Harvey himself. It was an awesome experience for Daniel and his entire family.
Daniel is incredibly proud of his mother's strength - her ability to turn a tragic situation into a triumph is completely inspirational. Through his family's strength and love, Daniel will always be able to honor his father's memory, and his dad will always be remembered for his heroic dedication to his country. Whenever he thinks of his dad, Daniel can proudly say, "My Dad Was A Hero."
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