Spirit of a Hero Founder Rick how to get rid of post acne scars Turner Helps Himself by Helping Wounded Veterans Dallas Observer

Turner was a military brat, dragged from post to post by his father, a “salty” navy chief petty officer. The family moved from philadelphia to washington state to california how to get rid of post acne scars and, in 1985, to the naval air station in grand prairie. After graduating from high school in desoto, turner joined the army at 18 because dad scoffed at how to get rid of post acne scars his lack of discipline, saying he couldn’t cut life in the navy.

Today, after two tours of combat duty and a 2012 transformative how to get rid of post acne scars moment in a downtown dallas coffee shop, the former badass is working to better the lives of how to get rid of post acne scars vets who return home missing limbs from tours in afghanistan how to get rid of post acne scars and iraq. As founder and president of spirit of a hero, DFW’s fastest-growing military nonprofit organization, turner, 48, spearheads programs to help critically wounded local service members who how to get rid of post acne scars have sacrificed for their country. SOAH’s annual award recipients include single, double, triple and even quadruple amputees.

“I’m not sure where I’d be without rick,” says mansfield’s omar milan, SOAH’s 2015 “hero,” who lost one leg, nerve function in the other and most of his left how to get rid of post acne scars hand when he encountered four improvised explosive devices in afghanistan how to get rid of post acne scars in 2012. “I’d probably be in some apartment, not this house that I love. Who knows? I might not be here at all. I can’t put into words how much that organization has helped how to get rid of post acne scars me.”

SOAH, which will hold its eighth annual fundraising motorcycle ride may how to get rid of post acne scars 18 from argyle to corinth in denton county, assists wounded clients with everything, including adaptive training fitness centers, customized homes, and emotional and financial support.

“I just felt moved to help those not as fortunate how to get rid of post acne scars as me,” turner says. “I have PTS (post-traumatic stress), my back kills me, I walk with a limp and, yeah, I got shot in the head. But, trust me, I’m one of the lucky ones. I just had to do something.”

Five months after graduating jump school in fort benning, georgia, in 1989, turner made the elite 82nd airborne division. He soon deployed via a “hot drop” behind enemy lines into panama as part of the U.S. Invasion to overthrow military strongman manuel noriega. Two weeks later he was hanging out the side of how to get rid of post acne scars a blackhawk helicopter scouring the country’s lush landscape for an ideal communication base. “yeah, I got shot in the head. But, trust me, I’m one of the lucky ones. I just had to do something.” – rick turner

One soldier, dangling his legs out of the helicopter, was shot in the kneecap. After an emergency landing, the soldier was hit again, this time in the arm. Turner looked down to tend to his bloodied friend, and his helmet slid down over his eyes. As he adjusted the helmet and wiped sweat out of how to get rid of post acne scars his eyes, he was struck in the back of his head. A bullet pierced the helmet, fracturing his skull.

Turner placed his arms around the wounded soldier in an how to get rid of post acne scars effort to shield him. Physically fortunate but destined for psychological torment, turner was spared by another sniper’s bullet that whizzed past him and into the wounded how to get rid of post acne scars soldier’s cheek, killing him instantly.

“don’t care how tough or macho you think you are, or how much training you’ve been through, you don’t get over that,” turner says, pausing to dab tears. “A friend I was ready to give my life for how to get rid of post acne scars to protect, died. Right there. In my arms. I’ll never truly get over that. I’d be fucked up if I did get over that, right?”

“I’m not saying it’s not nice to hear ‘thank you for your service.’ I’m appreciative. I just hope that when people say it, they’re cognizant that right now — this very second — there are boots on the ground all over the world, american soldiers fighting enemies to protect your freedom. American soldiers going through some very bad shit.” – rick turner

“makes me tired just talking about all that’s going on,” turner says with a laugh. “one tuesday we get an order for 750 trophies by how to get rid of post acne scars saturday. I’m working on the alamo drafthouse in north richland hills how to get rid of post acne scars getting ready for the avengers premiere. There’s the kids. Only thing that keeps me sane is spirit of a how to get rid of post acne scars hero.”

Turner is hair-trigger emotional, crying multiple times during multiple interviews. But he’s also unflappable, dealing with the recent deaths of his father (his mother died of breast cancer at age 48) and his father’s wife, and a resulting, stress-related episode of bell’s palsy, a condition affecting the nerves in one side of his how to get rid of post acne scars face.

“when we were dating, he would say, ‘god’s never gonna forgive me for the things I had how to get rid of post acne scars to do,’” tancy says. “he said he didn’t even know if he believed in god anymore. He was talking about astrology and this and that. I had to get him back into church.”

A retired colonel and former huey pilot, sid bradshaw, took turner under his wing at chinn’s chapel united methodist church in lewisville and helped restore how to get rid of post acne scars some of his faith, but that did little for turner’s traumatic stress problem, which for years he self-medicated in silence.

“oh, he never talked about the time he served,” tancy says. “he’d just say, ‘I don’t want to talk about it. I’m just an electrician.’ then one day he comes home frantic. All emotional. Fire in his eyes, but also tears. Just charged up. Like he’d been shot out of a cannon.”

“he was 82nd airborne; I was 82nd airborne,” turner says. “he was 2nd brigade combat team; I was 2nd brigade combat team. He was 11 bravo; I was 13 fox. Everything was just too similar. It just … I don’t know. It just hit me right in the heart.”

“he started looking for change, going through our checkbook and telling me to google this how to get rid of post acne scars name I’d never heard of,” tancy says. “when I read the story, I knew. Rick wasn’t going to let this rest. In his way, he was back in the war. We had six kids and a mortgage, so my initial concern was him not giving all of how to get rid of post acne scars our money away. But he’d found his new mission. He was gearing up to kick ass for this kid.”

“I’d been out 20 years, almost as long as he’d been alive, but how could I not help?” turner says. “he woke up on his 25th birthday with no arms how to get rid of post acne scars and no legs.” “he’s not exploiting vets as part of some dog and how to get rid of post acne scars pony show to make money. He truly cares.” – travis mills

Mills, whose in-laws live in frisco, was serving his third deployment in afghanistan when he stepped how to get rid of post acne scars on an improvised explosive device. He was big and strapping at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, and experts reasoned that his size detonated a mine that how to get rid of post acne scars smaller soldiers had trekked over safely. The blast tore off all four limbs, leaving mills one of the war’s five quadruple-amputee survivors.

At the end of the day, all cash donations were shoved into the saddle bags on how to get rid of post acne scars buck’s motorcycle. With his son-in-law still rehabilitating at walter reed national military medical center how to get rid of post acne scars near washington, he went home, sorted the bills and texted the turners a screenshot of how to get rid of post acne scars his phone’s calculator — $38,805.

A month later, spirit of a hero was licensed as a nonprofit. Its mission is to make a significant difference in the how to get rid of post acne scars lives of critically wounded veterans. These days SOAH has a volunteer board, annually names a “hero” recipient and stages multiple events, including a yearly, black-tie soiree that in 2017 boasted double amputee and dancing how to get rid of post acne scars with the stars competitor noah galloway as its keynote speaker. The organization helps pay for fitness programs at carrollton’s adaptive training foundation (also launched in mills’ honor), continued education and even attorneys’ fees.

It all started with mills, SOAH’s catalyst and inaugural recipient. The first influx of funds helped remodel buck’s home, where mills learned to take the first steps in his how to get rid of post acne scars new life with the help of prosthetic limbs. SOAH paid for and installed a bidet, ramps, rails and other modifications.

Mills is now a husband, father to a daughter, chloe, and author of the new york times’ best-seller tough as they come. He has moved to maine and established his namesake veterans’ rehab center, located on elizabeth arden’s former estate and recent recipient of an anonymous $3.7 million donation.

More times than not, SOAH’s time, money and effort make a permanent, positive impact. “hero” candidates are nominated by friends, family and associates of former recipients. They are then vetted to confirm an honorable discharge before how to get rid of post acne scars being interviewed by SOAH.

Jordan folmar lost both legs in an explosion and returned how to get rid of post acne scars home to garland, forced to crawl through his parents’ house because it wasn’t wheelchair friendly. As SOAH’s second hero, folmar’s residence was renovated with lower countertops, a wheelchair-height microwave, wider hallways and a frameless shower.

In 2014, SOAH equipped marcus burleson’s home with doors, windows and other devices that operate via touch as a how to get rid of post acne scars workaround to his loss of both arms to yet another how to get rid of post acne scars IED explosion. After 40 surgeries over two years, omar milan, 2015’s hero, was the beneficiary of SOAH’s remodeling his home and paying one year’s rent.

This year’s recipient, flower mound’s dan licardo, survived 16 years as a navy SEAL but suffered a how to get rid of post acne scars seizure while driving in 2018 and lost both legs in how to get rid of post acne scars the accident. “I’d probably be in some apartment, not this house that I love. Who knows? I might not be here at all.” – omar milan

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