Has anyone heard the story of Eddie Ryan? I was listening to Mark Levine the other night talk about Eddie Ryan. The studio called Eddie's father for an update him since they haven't heard from them in a while. Eddie's father came on the line and spoke for awhile. Eddie came on and spoke. And Eddie's mother came on and spoke. Now you might think whats so great about that? Eddie is a Sgt. in the Marine Corp and a scout sniper. A couple of years ago he was on the roof of a house in western Iraq getting ready to bust some bad guys along with another sniper. Eddie got busy taking distance readings to various houses , doorways, etc when he was shot twice in the head by a 30 caliber. It was friendly fire. One bullet went through his jaw, the other entered his skull about the eyebrow. Eddie was stabilized and flown to Germany where his parents were sent for to essentially see him alive one last time. He didnt die. The surgeon told his parents they would carry home a vgetable that would never recognize them. At Bethesda Naval Hospital his parents were told he would be on a ventilator the rest of his life. 5 days later he was out breathing the ventilator and it was removed. To top that Eddie said, Hi mom and I love you too dad. Today Eddie is doing 75-100 situps daily and 200 a day on weekends. He is even getting out on the back porch for a little shooting activities. His memories from his whole life are completely intact. He has full use of his left arm and limited use of the right arm. He is learning to walk again. Its an amazing story. Eddie is a hunter and fisherman living in the Catskills of New York. Maybe Eddie will stop by the BOC. The other night I invited him to do so. Maybe some others could as well. Lets hear it from the BOC leathernecks especially. The BOC might prove to be some good medicine for Eddie. What really hit home was the tatoo on Eddie's arm his parents didnt know he had until they saw him in Germany. It was an American flag with the words under it. "Land of the Free, Because of the Brave" Something alot of us take for granted all too often including myself. It gets lost and forgotten in our daily lives so easily.