Friday, November 02, 2012

HONORING HEROES

This Veterans Day we invite you to honor the military hero in your life (any current active duty military or military veteran). Your support and generosity enables us to continue our highly successful speaking program. Our wounded military veterans and their stories continue to educate and make a difference in their communities. For a $10.00 donation we will list your hero's name on a special page on our website. For a $25.00 donation you can say thank you yourself in 50 words or less. A small token of our appreciation will be sent to your hero, if applicable. Please remember to include their address. For a $50.00 we will post your thank you along with a photo of your hero. You and your hero will receive a small token of our appreciation. Please remember to include your and your hero's address. Tempered Steel will contact you for a photo. HONORING HEROES To view those who have already been honored.... HONORED HEROES

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tempered Steel

Tempered Steel is educating the public on the stories behind the scars and wounds of war. Our goal is to improve the lives of our Wounded Veteran Speakers and enhance their interaction with their local communities. Tempered Steel’s speakers use their courage to step out of the shadows and into the light to allow their scars, honor, humor and humanity to shine brightly. Opening themselves up to criticism, ridicule and misunderstanding can be a difficult undertaking. Our speakers know the value of the service each shares with the communities they speak in. They are an example, to each of us, to overcome adversity and strife. With each sharing of their story, our speakers educate and encourage students and individuals to find their inner strength and inspire greater compassion and empathy for those who may be deemed “different”. Educating the nation is their ultimate goal. Over 50,000 combat injured military members from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have been medically evacuated, over 16,500 of them are considered severely injured, over 5,000 are catastrophically injured. The Veterans Administration estimates over 400,000 will be diagnosed with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and/or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), with the average age of the injured military member at 23. Our veteran speaker’s greatest strengths lie in their humility, selflessness and desire to continue to serve. The capacity of these veterans to look beyond their individual injuries to how each may contribute significant changes to how our nation views those with disabilities is unparalleled. The ability each has shown to connect with today’s youth at a core level allows every single speaker the unique opportunity to instigate changes to this nation’s opinion of beauty and heroism. Beauty does not just lie in the eyes of the beholder, it should lie in the eyes of every individual who meets a veteran, each of whom had the courage to serve and sacrifice.