I interviewed a soldier who received the Medal of Honor, Sgt. Leroy Petry. When you prepare for an interview like that, you're going to meet somebody who was practically killed in battle, and you feel a little intimidated.
He told me his story, which I'm sure he's told hundreds of times, but it's certainly worth hearing. His company of Army Rangers were trying to take an enemy compound in Afghanistan. And of course, they were ambushed. The guns opened up, he was hit by a bullet, he and his group were knocked to the ground by a grenade. And then, as he's lying there in the dirt, he sees another grenade bouncing just a foot or so away. And that one would've finished them all off had he not grabbed it and flung it as hard as he could even as it exploded in his hand.
He lost his hand; he lost part of his arm. As he told me this story, he said he didn't feel anything, just that he had to do something to protect his buddies. So, with his remaining hand, he tied a tourniquet around his injured arm, called for help, and he got them out of there.
Most of us will never be tested in that way. I have no idea how I'd react, you have no idea how you'd react, even if you'd be able to go on with the rest of your life. When I met Sgt. Petry, he had a big smile, he was happy to shake my hand with his new mechanical one.
He's still in the Army today. He counsels families that get the same news his parents did the day he was injured. He ended his interview with me with a request for when you meet somebody in uniform. You usually say, "Thank you for your service." That's kind of a timeworn phrase now. Sgt. Petry told me that a little thumbs up is a good way to know you understand the price they're willing to pay.
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When cheating becomes a way of life
Dave Ross | July 06, 2015 6:00 amTax evasion in Greece is a national sport, going back to the Ottoman Empire. Today, tax receipts are almost 90 percent less than they would be if everyone actually paid what they owe.
Rick Perry may be most brutally candid Republican candidate
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What we learn from tax returns
Dave Ross | July 02, 2015 6:29 amPresidential election years are always exciting because we get to see other peoples' tax returns. Jeb Bush just released his.
Will your homeowners insurance cover Fourth of July idiocy?
Dave Ross | July 01, 2015 10:20 amInsurance companies are aware of a simple fact around the Fourth of July, some homes are just going to burn.
From the Olympics to bankruptcy
Dave Ross | July 01, 2015 6:43 amEleven years after the Athens Olympics, Greece is slipping back into the Third World.
Will Amazon's new book policy force all authors to write porn?
Kipp Robertson | June 30, 2015 5:50 pmStarting July 1 Amazon will pay authors - in its Kindle Library - by the number of pages read and not the number of times a book is checked out.
Sen. Patty Murray: Loss of Export-Import Bank could be bad for Boeing
Dave Ross | June 30, 2015 9:54 amSenator Patty Murray tells Dave Ross losing the Export-Import Bank's authority could be a real problem for Boeing and other companies in Washington state.
When your conscience is your guide
Dave Ross | June 30, 2015 6:12 amTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that clerks don't have to help gay couples get married if they can't do so in good conscience.
This may be the end of potholes as we know them
Dave Ross | June 29, 2015 11:57 amYou'd think that in an age of smartphones and self-driving cars someone could come up with a smarter concrete. It turns out someone has - several people, actually.
Has anything really changed in this Liberal Spring?
Dave Ross | June 29, 2015 6:07 amIt's being called the Liberal Spring! But even with gay marriage and health care rulings, or Confederate flag debates — has anything really changed?
Despite accusations of jiggery-pokery, President Obama pleased with court's ruling
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Boston bomber delivers disappointing apology
Dave Ross | June 25, 2015 6:47 amDzhokhar Tsarnaev gave his apology in court to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. What he said, and what he didn't say, bothered those in the court room.
These colors are on the run, but not without a fight
Dave Ross | June 24, 2015 7:38 amAs South Carolina debates taking down its Confederate flag, other Southern officials and businesses are moving to take the symbol away.
South Carolina support for taking down the Confederate flag is growing
Dave Ross | June 23, 2015 7:04 amIt's been called the "third rail" of South Carolina politics, but suddenly it's as if someone just cut off the electricity. Now, the Confederate flag may be taken down.