Depends on your perspective.



You instantly knew most of the guys in the above photo, yes ?


I want you to ask yourself a question:  Are a few heavily tattooed semi-felon 1%’ers running around on a wood floor in their underwear while bouncing a ball really heroes ?


Ask yourself a second question:  Did those very same heavily tattooed semi-felon 1%’ers running around on a wood floor in their underwear while bouncing a ball actually attain, as Matt Drudge so eloquently put it in a single word, “Glory” ?



You most likely haven’t a clue about the gents in the next photo.

Now, ask yourself a third question:

Why not ?

5, 4, 3, 2, 1………

5 Wounded Warriors
4 Good Legs
3 Wars
2 Generations
1 Mountain


They’re climbing Mt. McKinley.


Army Capt. Jesse Acosta (Ret.) — Severely wounded by an IED in Iraq.  Permanent damage to his hip, leg, back and arm.  Scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011 and twice completed a 100-mile bicycle ride and the Capital of Texas Triathlon.  West Point graduate currently working on Wall Street.

Army Sgt. Kirk M. Bauer, JD (Ret.) — As disabled Vietnam veteran (left above knee amputee) and the Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA for the past 29 years, at age 64, Bauer still leads an active sports life participating with wounded warriors, youth and others in skiing, biking, hiking, golf and other sports.  In 2010, he led a team of all amputee veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on a successful summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Marine Capt. David Borden (Active Duty) — After losing his leg above the knee to a suicide bomb in Iraq in 2008, Captain Borden returned to combat in Afghanistan in 2011.  Borden has golfed, skied and run the Army Ten Miler through Disabled Sports USA’s military program.

Army Sgt. Neil Duncan (Ret.) — Severely wounded in Afghanistan in 2005 by an improvised explosive device resulting in amputation of both legs.  Scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2010 alongside Kirk Bauer and continues to stay active in sports.

Army Cpl. Steve Martin (Ret.) — Served in the Army and Army National Guard for 8 years including assignment in Korea.  Hit by an IED while on operations as a State Department contractor, with Joint US Forces Provincial Mentoring Team in Afghanistan.  Martin lost both legs below the knees as a result of his injuries.  After his amputations, he completed the Bataan Memorial Death March in 2011, a 26 mile marchin White Sands, NM.  Steve golfs, bikes, swims and runs and has competed in triathlons.



Depends on your perspective.


Kenny Solomon
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3 Responses to Heroes.

  1. Chaiya Eitan says:

    And don’t forget Nadav Ben-Yehuda who gave up the honor of reaching the top of Mt. Everest in order to save another climber’s life – a climber from Turkey.

  2. Edohiguma says:

    I used to climb myself. McKinley just had a deadly avalanche accident, killing several climbers. Now taking into account that these men are actually lacking legs… Wow, that’s amazing. That takes some serious dedication.

    As for that sports team… pfffffffffffff… That’s all I say.

    When I was a kid, the hero was the astronaut, the firefighter, folks like that. Today it’s the reality show “star” and a guy who can throw a ball into a basket. What is going on?!

  3. Wonderful perspective Kenny. Thanks for showcasing our vets.

Have at it....... But please be respectful and no f'n cussin' neither, ya heah ?...... Also please back up all claims of fact in your comments with links (yes, they will be verified before comment posting approved).

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