I just wanted to report back to the B5 crew about the laptop drive for Navy SEAL Ryan Job at Bethesda. You may remember that Ryan was shot in the face in Ramadi on August 2nd and lost his right eye. His platoonmate, Marc Lee, provided the suppressing fire that allowed the platoon to medevac Ryan off of the roof where he was wounded. Marc's sacrifice of his life to allow Ryan a chance to survive earned him the Silver Star and his rightful place in the pantheon of fallen SEAL Team heroes.
I spoke to Ryan in the hospital last week and told him that I was going to try to raise money to get him a Valour-IT laptop-which we did here on B5 in EIGHT HOURS! I asked the Soldier's Angels rep to total up the donations received last week for Ryan and she just wrote me back to say that all told, we raised $2535! In addition to Ryan's laptop, three more wounded warriors will be getting one as well. I want to thank the B5 readers for their compassion and for actually putting their money where their heart is.
I also wanted to give a shout out to Beth, Lynette, Patty, and Adele from Soldier's Angels for their rapid response to my request for Ryan and for personally ensuring that Ryan received the computer last Saturday morning. Your efforts are appreciated. And I don't want to forget the man who started it all-Chuck Z- has been working behind the scenes to oversee the delivery. HOOYAH Chuck!