What exactly does it mean to have "boots on the ground"? The military term is used to convey that "military success can only be achieved through the direct physical presence of troops in a conflict area.” If you are a civilian with "boots on the ground" it means that to achieve the desired success you must have an active presence in the middle of the challenge you wish to overcome.
The challenge? Tens of thousands of United States military men and women have been severely wounded in the last 10 years of war. The solution? Civilians to get their "boots on the ground" to serve these heroes in whatever way they can. One way is to find non-profit organizations who are not just talking about wounded warrior statistics, but they are actually doing something about them, and then partner with those charities to make a difference.
It was an incredible day in Tucson, Arizona, last week when the employees of Fairway Independent Mortgage got their "boots on the ground" for the third time to serve one of our nation's heroes by partnering with the Boot Campaign and Military Warriors Support Foundation, to present a mortgage free home to a wounded warrior. Here's one picture of what "Boots on the Ground to Serve Those Who Serve" looks like:
U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Eric Griego and his wife Corie, were overwhelmed with the gift of a mortgage-free, 1,500 square foot three bedroom home. The event took place at a special ceremony held in conjunction with the Fairway Boot Camp for Military Mortgage Specialists™. Fairway joined with the Boot Campaign and the Military Warrior Support Foundation in July to give away a mortgage free home in Dallas, Texas, and a home in California in August.
What an honor it was to meet Eric and Corie at this event and be a part of this huge celebration! Eric was injured during a firefight in Afghanistan on October 18, 2010, when he was shot in the neck and the bullet zigzagged through his abdomen, causing massive internal damage.
As Americans, we can take our freedom for granted. May we remember today that freedom is NOT free. Warriors like Corie lay it all on the line as they volunteer to serve our country. It's time to stop talking about veteran statistics and do something about them!
What can YOU do today to get YOUR "boots on the ground" to serve our nation's heroes?