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07-04-2011, 02:06 PM
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07-04-2011, 03:33 PM


Rocky Bleier
After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and playing one season, Bleier was drafted into the Army and shipped to Vietnam with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in May 1969. He was later awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star -- but also left Southeast Asia with a load of shrapnel in his right leg, which is why doctors told him he would never play football again. But Bleier did play again, returning to the Steelers in 1971 as Franco Harris' blocking fullback and playing on four Super Bowl-winning teams in 10 more NFL seasons. "For me, to have someone yell at you was second nature," Bleier once said. "In combat, as we have come to learn, when you're put in harm's way, there is a chance of permanent injury. There might not be a tomorrow, and that is always the question that lingers in one's mind. Will I get back safely? Will I be able to survive this combat? In football, there will always be next week."

07-04-2011, 05:53 PM
Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Fourth of July... Will You Remember the Needs of Heros?


I want to wish all of you a Happy 4th of July. As we watch the
fireworks this evening I would like for all of you to take a moment and
reflect on the price that has been paid for us to enjoy this day.

The “rockets’ red glare” is meant to celebrate America’s triumph in
our War of Independence. Yet that phrase from our National Anthem
was penned with “bombs bursting in air” over Fort McHenry in 1812.

Independence was not easily won, nor easily kept. We had to fight a
second war with Britain to keep the independence gained in the
American Revolution.

As this year’s fireworks lift our hearts, I hope all Americans will
remember the personal independence that so many veterans
sacrificed to preserve the independence of our nation.

I hope they’ll honor the toll that war is right now taking on Americans
at war in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Mediterranean.

For many who returned from combat – and for families who lost loved
ones at war – the joyful explosions of the Fourth of July will be
bittersweet, carrying a painful reminder of freedom’s tragic price.

My good friend Shad Meshad, founder of National Veterans
Foundation, penned those words. If you would like to learn more
about what you can do to make a difference go to the links below.



National Veterans Foundation
9841 Airport Blvd Ste 418
Los Angeles, California | 90045
Tel. 888 777-4443
Fax. 310 642-0255
National Veterans Foundation