THE BOSTON MARATHON’S STRUGGLE TO INCLUDE DISABLED VETERANS: Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes became an amputee while standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with his wife  in 2013 when IED detonated and killed four spectators.  He recently wrote an article in the The Boston Globe criticizing the Boston Marathon and the Boston Athletic Association for their lack of inclusion of disabled competitors in the race.

Downes joins us today to discuss his experience on that day in 2013, his road to recovery that introduced him to scores of amputees at Walter Reed and his struggle to have “Patriots Ride on Patriots Day.”

This story is an amazing look at how athletes with disabilities are still treated as second class citizens in legendary high-visibility competitions.  His personal story is also one of incredible discovery about the world of the American Military as he and his wife did rehab at Walter Reed and came to know the most selfless, courageous and inspirational fighters on the planet.

FROM ARMY NCO TO TURNER CONSTRUCTION LEADER: Matt Parker

Matt Parker
SGT U.S. Army (ret)
Turner Construction

Matt Parker, SGT U.S. Army  (ret), joins the program to discuss his path to a career at Turner Construction. Matt joined Turner after he was medically discharged from the Army as the result of being wounded in Ramadi in 2005.

Matt discusses how his leadership experience in the Army combined with mentors at Turner provided the solid basis for him to excel as a project manager at Turner.

Newly Announce VA Disability Program related to the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Case (Jerry Ensminger – Part 2)

Jerry Ensminger, MSgt USMC (ret), whose daughter who was born at Camp Lejeune & died of leukemia at the age of 9; who now heads… The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten… joins us to discuss the program and what remains to be done for dependents of Marines

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