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A Message From Greg

Greg on a mission in Afghanistan

Dear Loved Ones,

As you know by now, on May 26th, 2011 I was seriously wounded while conducting a dismounted patrol in southeastern Afghanistan… The blast from the IED caused me to lose both of my legs and my right arm was seriously injured.

While their goal was to kill me, they could not, and I’m resolved to make the most of this precious life that God has granted me. I [was] recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, [and I am now continuing recovery and therapy at Walter Reed as an outpatient]. To be sure, I have a long and difficult road ahead of me, but with your help I look forward to many happy days together in the future.



  1. mary #

    Dear greg. I just wanted to send my love n prayers to u..with the mindset u have ur gonna be fine.. u got a road ahead of u but ur in all our thoughts n prayers.

    August 1, 2011
  2. Ceanne #

    I was forwarded this site through the Love Bomb mission and in reading about Greg and his wonderful family, I just had to write.

    I am so deeply touched by Greg’s story–he is truly a hero!! His courage and determination is so inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

    I wish you all the very best in your life. Thank you!!!

    August 18, 2011
  3. Kristin (Andrews) Pontarelli #

    Dear Greg,
    I’m not sure if you remember your kindergarten CCD teacher, but it is me. I want to thank you for your service and dedication to our country! I am so sorry for your injuries and I pray that you come back stronger than before. God bless you and your family!
    Kristin (Andrews) Pontarelli

    August 18, 2011
  4. Ryan Bosch #

    Sir, as my platoon leader, mentor, and friend you taught me so much and I continue to pray for you and do everything I can to come down and visit you. You were and still are an inspiration to us all. God bless you and help you to recover. Reaper for life.

    Your rto and friend
    Spc (p) Ryan Bosch

    January 7, 2012
  5. Jeffrey reich #

    Hey sir glad to hear you are getting better, you are one hell of a leader, and I hope you recover fast man.

    January 21, 2012
  6. Justin Stepnowski #


    Not sure if you at all remember me, but we went to GHS together. I heard of this a few months back, but recently came across your website. Just wanted to say thank you so much for your service and sacrifice for our country. I am so sorry what has happened, but you seem to have the resolve and mindset to deal and enjoy with anything. I wish you all of the best throughout the rehab process. Feel free to reach me on email if you want, but God Bless and thank you again for keeping us all safe.

    Justin Stepnowski
    GHS 2003

    January 23, 2012
  7. Dianna Marie Wilson #

    Hi Greg,

    You don’t know me, but I’m a 1983 GHS grad and still live in Glastonbury. I think I can speak for everyone in this town: Thank you for your courage and sacrifices. We look forward to your return and being part of your network. You have an amazing future ahead of you!


    February 6, 2012
  8. John Dearie #


    Heard about your injuries from your wonderful Dad and my HC classmate at our 50th HC reunion. I am so sorry, yet so proud of your sacrifice, courage, and determination. You are a true hero.

    Be assured of my prayers for you and all the family. Hang tough, and I know our loving God wil richly reward you.

    Many blessings,

    John Dearie, LT, USNR (Ret.), CAPT, Delta Air Lines, (Ret.)

    June 16, 2012
  9. Jennifer #

    My husband just got back from Afghanistan very recently. I prayed the entire year through that he just comes home and he did. I know by the way my husband has changed, and the fight that he has to go through with himself daily, that you men go through situations that the regular American cannot even fathom. You are a true soldier, one that young men look up to. You have done more than sacrifice. You have Proven excellence. Bless you. You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday.

    November 20, 2012

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