Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit!”


Sgt. Eddie Ryan – Va. Mortgage Center.com Finalist in “Honor Your Hero” Contest!!

Sgt. Eddie Ryan and Mother

Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan with his mom Angie outside of Helen Hayes Hospital after receiving his Purple Heart Medal.

Well, I can’t believe it! I got a call yesterday evening from a representative at Va. Mortgage Center.com telling me my nominee, Sgt. Eddie Ryan, has been selected as a finalist in their “Honor Your Hero” contest.

As you will recall, Eddie was shot by “friendly” fire while deployed in Iraq. Repeatedly his family was told Eddie would not survive. But, survive he did. His family was then told Eddie would never remember anything, including his loved ones and his previous life. Well, Eddie does remember his past and he remembers all his loved ones. Eddie’s family was told that he would never talk, walk, or do many of those other things most of us take for granted. Again, he talks, writes [he wrote me a letter of thanks], walks with help. He may not run any marathons [yet], but, who knows what he will accomplish next!!

Eddie’s family has stood at his side throughout his recovery. They refused to allow doctors to give up on Eddie. Their mantra became their religious quotes of faith and strong belief in the powers of God.

The V.A. has provided some of Eddie’s rehab; but, feels Eddie has “peaked.” Yet, Eddie and his family’s strong faith and shear willpower has continued to motivate Eddie to continued progress. Meanwhile, Eddie’s family had to find a way to make $90,000.00 “+” in renovations so Eddie could come home. Some very kind and generous people and businesses helped them with donations.

Since the V.A. feels Eddie has reached his peak, the family must now pay for Eddie’s continued therapy needs to aide him toward further recovery. Money will be a very big issue for some time for Eddie and his family. Winning this contest will be a “drop in the bucket” when it comes to what Eddie still needs. But, it will surely help!

Eddie inspires all who meet him or hear about him. He inspires other soldiers who, like Eddie, have very serious and life impairing injuries. He gives them and their loved ones hope when their injuries make them feel hopeless!

Please go to the link and vote for Eddie Ryan for “Honor Your Hero”. While you’re there, read about the other nine finalists. In my book they are all Heroes!!

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~ by devildog6771 on December 21, 2007.

9 Responses to “Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit!””

  1. Thank you Sgt. Ryan for your service, and I hope things are going well for you.

  2. SHAME OF YOU, WALK IN THIS FAMILYS SHOES AND THEN JUDGE.JUST CRAWL BACK INTO THE HOLE YOU CAME FROM.

  3. you are right. give me, give me, give me. His parents continue play on the sympathy of others for their own gain is horrible. how patriotic is to trash the VA hospital that operate throughout the US helping all soldiers. For everyone of you, there are thousands praising the VA. SHAME ON YOU AND YOURS.

  4. Yes, he is. He didn’t get selected as the winner; but, he did get a prize for being a finalists. I hope that helps him some. I hope knowing how people feel about him helps him too. Thank you for your support for Sgt. Ryan.

  5. Sgt Ryan is such an inspiration.

  6. Thank you Mark for offering Eddie your support. I know it means a lot to him!

  7. TO EDDIE KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT.. TO EDDDIES FAMILY, YOU NEED TO FIGHT EVEN HARDER FOR HIM. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. WE ALL HAVE HAD ARE TRIALS AND HEARTBREAK TO OVERCOME. I WILL PRAY FOR EDDIES RECOVERY.
    FROM MARK CATANO OF THE CATANOS FROM YONKERS AND PEEKSKILL

  8. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. Merry Christmas!

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