Blogs for Heather
Our buddy Chris at Lucky Dawg
is looking for more blogs to support Republican Heather Wilson in her campaign for reelection. If you want to know why I support Congresswoman Wilson, look no further than this article in the Albuquerque Tribune
.On Dec. 13 of last year, Ben was driving a 23-ton vehicle known as a Stryker with members of his 25th Infantry Division outside of Mosul in Iraq, when a green Ford Explorer entered his peripheral vision.
"It came out of nowhere," he recalls. "And it did not register as normal."
Seconds later, the Explorer hit Ben's vehicle. The resulting explosion blew the helmet off his head and shattered his left elbow. The ensuing flames caused second- and third-degree burns to his arms and face. Eight other soldiers in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.
Ben and three other veterans were honored this morning at a ceremony at Veteran's Memorial Park by Congresswoman Heather Wilson. Wilson, an Albuquerque Republican, took a personal interest in Ben and the Rosecrans' family after they contacted her to help them through some snafus in Ben's medical treatment, most of which took place at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
"I was struck by Ben's humility and the whole family's commitment to service," Wilson says. "He was very humble. He did what he was trained to do and saved the lives of the rest of his convoy because of it. That's something that really strikes you."
Today, after many medical treatments, Ben's face is as clear and smooth as a baby's. The ear they told him he might lose, he jokes, is "as big as normal."
"I didn't get any prettier, unfortunately," he says, laughing. "That was my hope."
While you're over at Lucky Dawg
, be sure to check out his moving and dramatic video of the week on the men who didn't cut and run.