For the sixth year (5th in a row), Mark’s friend and teammate spent Thanksgiving with us in Haleyville. This year his parents came again, as well as another regular, Emily Adams (USAF, deployed with Mark in 2010).
We are grateful for their friendship and their support since Mark’s death. Johnnie looked death in the eye in 2011 when he was hit by an IED. His 30+ surgeries and determination to overcome his physical and mental obstacles while maintaining an extremely positive attitude are a rarity. Johnnie, his dad, and Em walked 33 miles with us in May, and will join us again for Mark’s walk in 2015 for 34 miles. We regularly have other teammates join us this time of year. Since Mark’s death our family has expanded significantly.
Johnnie recently retired from the Air Force and now works for Helping a Hero, which provides specially adapted homes for wounded veterans returning from the War on Terror.
To learn more history on Johnnie’s road to recovery, click HERE.
You can also read about Johhnie and Mark’s friendship in Mark’s book “My Brother in Arms”. Click the link near the top of this page to order, or you can always order from Amazon.