2016-05-30 06.56.00


My Daughter, Avery, saw a report on the news about ISIS hurting people around the time Peter Kassig was beheaded.

For those who may have forgotten, Kassig, was the US Army Ranger who formed an organization to provide food, medical supplies, and assistance to Syrian refugees. Moreover, before ISIS murdered him on November 16, 2014, he personally provided trauma care to injured Syrian civilians and helped train 150 locals to provide medical aid as well.

I tried, to turn off the news before Avery, nearly 7 at the time, could fully comprehend what was happening. No luck.

Avery, who knows I served in combat as a US Marine, said, “Dadda, I thought you got all the bad guys.

I picked her up, held her close, and responded, “No, sweetheart. There are still bad guys out there.  But, we are safe.

Avery, who also knows I left active duty and then returned after we were attacked on 9/11, paused for a moment and then said, “Dadda, you have to go get them.  They are hurting people.

That brief conversation was heartbreaking and, for me, the straw that broke the camel’s back. Enough. It was time to take action again.  However, after talking to friends and family who are currently serving our Nation with our Armed Forces or other government agencies, they made it clear they were not being allowed to do what they knew had to get done. This had to be fixed at the highest levels.

After discussing this with Beth, my brilliant, insightful, and rational wife, she said, “let’s go fix it!” That was possibly the most inspirational (yet,  surprisingly irrational) thing I have ever heard her say.

With our general mindset of making things happen, we, as a family, decided I should run for U.S. Congress.

Moreover, WE WILL WIN!