Local Wounded Warrior reaches out to Boston bombing victims on national stage
Ret. Marine Michael Fox honored before NFL game
SAN DIEGO - A local Wounded Warrior took the national stage in his efforts to help Boston bombing victims.
Injured vets and bombing victims were honored before a NFL game on Sept. 12.
Few get to walk out of the New England Patriots' tunnel and into the spotlight. Few do it without arms and legs.
The Boston bombing victims did not do it alone. Michael Fox, a retired Camp Pendleton Marine, was one of a dozen Wounded Warriors who escorted them.
The crowd erupted in applause.
It was part of an effort by a group called All32In17. They are striving to honor Wounded Warriors at all 32 NFL stadiums in one season.
The injured veterans spent the day coaching the bombing victims on how to adapt. They answered questions and offered advice on everything from how to pick prosthetics to tips on how to shower.
"There are some days you're just like, being in this situation sucks, but you still have to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and keep pushing on because there’s no going back," Fox said.
Celeste Corcoran, a bombing victim, was part of the group.
"It's been tough. I'm not going to sugar coat it," she said.
Corcoran's injuries mirror Fox's. He lost his legs after an IED explosion in Afghanistan nearly two years ago.
"You definitely don't want to see the people hurt here that you're fighting for over there," said Fox.
The thought eats at him because they did not sign up for it. He did after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
"It hurt a lot, and then to see our fellow countrymen and women have been attacked on our homeland again, it tears me up," Fox said.
After Americans were attacked again, military members in uniform could be seen rushing in to help them without regard for their own safety because it is who they are. It is why Fox started The Wounded Marine Fund to help injured Marines. He is now fighting to help people right here on home soil.
"You can see the resilience," Fox said of the country. "A terrorist attack is not going to do anything to this country. It's just going to make us stronger."
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