Today we’d like to recognize the story of Veteran Dennis Joyner.
He was drafted in to the U.S. Army in 1968 at the age of 20 and reported for duty on December 10, 1968. He was immediately sent to Fort Jackson for eight weeks of basic training and three weeks of infantry training. Next stop: Vietnam.
While on patrol in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Dennis sadly became a triple amputee as a result of a land mine explosion. But after his recovery at Valley Forge Army Hospital, Dennis went back to college and earned an Accounting degree. He also became very involved with Disabled American Veterans and served as their National Commander. President Reagan named him handicapped *American of the Year*.
Dennis is now serving on the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial’s board of directors. The new memorial in D.C. will be dedicated on October 5, 2014.
Dennis – on behalf of all Americans, we salute you for your service, your dedication, and your commitment…to life…and to our country.
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