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Good News: Marine Returns To Remodeled Home

 

A Marine combat veteran returned to California from serving overseas to a completely remodeled home, thanks to the help of some friends and generous donors.  an estimated $70,000 in renovations — including interior and exterior painting, landscaping, flooring, walls, cabinets and granite countertops — were donated by several Bay Area businesses and the Jimmy Doolittle Center through its Homecoming Heroes program.  The 21-year veteran, his wife and two daughters had been stationed for the last seven months in Okinawa, Japan. They bought the house as a fixer-upper in January.  Watch this homecoming surprise here.

 

Good News: Soldier’s Platoon Helps With Engagement

 

A soldier from New Hampshire came up with a creative way to propose to his girlfriend, with the help of his platoon!  Army Specialist Nicholas Greenwood enlisted the help of his platoon to get in on a surprise proposal to his girlfriend.  Even though he knew Christina didn’t like surprises, he knew he had to propose in a special way.  Watch this fun video here.

 

Good News: Army Captain Feeding Homeless Veterans

 

Adam Minton knows how difficult it is for veterans to transition back to civilian life. A Military Intelligence Army Captain for eight years, he spent four years in Germany and two years in Korea before returning to the US and his hometown of Fishers, Indiana.  Upon his return, Adam struggled to integrate himself back into his community and find a steady job that took advantage of his skills. He eventually landed a job in corporate security, but has since discovered a new passion – helping other veterans in need.  Together with his girlfriend Erin Parks, Adam founded the nonprofit organization The Minks Kids, which provides food and goods for homeless veterans.  Click here to see how Adam is giving back.

 

Good News: iPhone Saves Soldier’s Life

 

A lot of people say that they don’t know how they’d survive without their iPhone. In one soldier’s case, such a statement wouldn’t be an exaggeration.  Staff Sgt. Shaun Frank from Utah was injured in an explosion set off by a teenage suicide bomber in Afghanistan. The bomb was filled with ball bearings, many which left holes in Frank’s body, however, he had one safe spot — the area where his iPhone was stuffed in his pants pocket. The device’s metal body stopped several pieces of shrapnel from hitting Frank.  On top of that, the community came together to support him, which he says means the world.  Check out the full story here.

 

Good News: Child Makes Soldier’s Day!

 

Like most 8-year-olds, Myles Eckert was already dreaming up ways he could spend a $20 bill he had just discovered laying in a Cracker Barrel parking lot earlier this month.  He tossed around the idea of buying a video game, until he saw a soldier in uniform walk into the restaurant.  Then, he changed his mind.  Why?  Because Myles’s dad was a soldier, killed in Iraq when he was only weeks old.  Click here to read the full story and the amazing note Myles left the soldier!