America is truly blessed to have so many young men and women willing to risk their lives in the call of duty by serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Many among them don’t make it back from deployment, wherever that happens to be, and they lose their lives fighting in war zones far from American shores.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s been tagged by President-elect Trump to serve in his cabinet as Secretary of the Department of Energy, has been a longtime supporter of military veterans. During his Senate confirmation hearings, he was seen wearing a bracelet commemorating a deceased member of the United States Marine Corps.
Independent Journal Review reported:
The bracelet on Perry’s wrist is engraved with the name Colton W. Rusk. You may also notice the letters “USMC,” which stands for U.S. Marine Corps.
A quick Google search of the name shines light on the former Texas governor’s silent tribute for a fallen Marine.
Marine Pfc. Colton W. Rusk, of Orange Grove, Texas, was killed in combat on Dec. 6, 2010, in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
He was 20 years old when he gave his life for his country.
Colton Rusk’s brother, Brady, told Independent Journal Review that his family gave Gov. Perry the bracelet roughly six years ago. The fact that he’s still wearing it means a lot to the family.
“Seeing Gov. Perry still wear that bracelet that we gave to him many years ago, and to wear it to something so important reminds me that Colton’s memory will live on forever in people’s hearts,” Brady told IJR.
Lest you think the bracelet was some kind of PR stunt to gain support at his confirmation hearing, Perry has been honoring fallen service members the same way for years.
In 2011, Perry wore a bracelet honoring fallen Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, who was one of the 30 American service members killed when a helicopter was taken down by enemy forces in Afghanistan.
Clearly, Perry is a man with integrity and conviction, who has a heart for America’s fallen men at arms and should be a great asset to the Trump administration.
He will be a tremendous public servant just like he was when he served as the governor of Texas and it’s reassuring to know Trump is surrounding himself with men of honor, such as Perry!
Source: Independent Journal Review