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Reflections on a Visit

Greg, Steve, with Flanagans (Eva, Kyle, Ryan, Thomas)

Healing, Lessons, and Ever-present Challenge  
-By Eva Flanagan

I feel compelled to share some thoughts with those who care about Greg, on my time spent recently in San Antonio. I donʼt see how anyone can visit the Brooke Army Medical Center complex and not be moved. For most of us our day to day reality does not involve physical pain, a struggle to complete basic tasks of daily living (eating, using the bathroom, moving about our homes to put things away, etc,). Most of us donʼt worry about heading out to the store or a restaurant, wondering if they have space for a wheelchair, or worrying about people staring at us because of the way we look. While at BAMC I continue to be struck by the large number of (mostly) young guys who are missing limbs, or are severely burned and disfigured. Wounded in the line of duty, while sacrificing their own safety for our freedom, I have an enormous amount of respect for them. My heart goes out to them for the challenges they do and will continue to face. Yet, I ask myself, why do they need to continue to be put in harms way? When will our leaders decide there’s been enough loss of life and limb, and bring our troops home…..

Heading down to San Antonio on July 31st, with Pat and our boys, Kyle, Ryan, and Tommy we were filled with eager anticipation to see Greg. I last left him on June 18th. At that time he was still in the ICU, in excruciating pain, unable to get out of bed, his wounds still very raw. Visiting Greg in those early days after his attack I had been shocked. Despite working for several years as a nurse, never before had I seen such massive trauma to a human body. How could this have happened, I wondered? How is it possible to heal from such extreme injuries? Fortunately I was able to gain hope from both Gregʼs own determined attitude to stay strong, and by seeing other wounded warriors in further stages of healing, and walking on prosthetic limbs about the facilities. I didnʼt want to leave Greg that day in June and wanted so badly to stay and help with his nursing care, sit and hold his hand, anything to ease his burden.

This time walking back into Gregʼs hospital room, almost 6 weeks later, I was again shocked. After seeing Gregʼs raw wounds I was now struck by the rapid healing that had taken place in a seemingly short time. Of course it was a busy time for Greg: He had had several more surgeries and he had pushed through the physical and mental pain day by day. This time his skin looked amazing. He will always have large scars, but now his wounds were almost healed! More of Gregʼs hard work and progress was also immediately apparent when I walked into his room. He was out of bed and sitting in his motorized wheelchair. Anyone who saw him those first days and weeks would be impressed at how Greg is able to transfer himself from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to car or couch, etc using his good left arm and his healing lower limbs. Itʼs inspiring and amazing and gives me a new appreciation for all the little things I take for granted in my own daily existence.

My boys had been anticipating this visit for weeks by now and couldnʼt wait to hug their Uncle Greg. The gravity of Gregʼs condition was not lost on three young boys. The first meeting with him was touching to say the least. Hugs, kisses, questions…what impressed me most about that first meeting came from Greg. Itʼs a testament to his good character that, in talking to his nephews about his injuries, he made it a point to tell them that he forgives the people that hurt him. No doubt he is a victim of some of the worst evil this world can produce, yet even through all heʼs suffered, and even when faced with a long hard road to ʻrecoveryʼ, Greg finds forgiveness in his heart. He still recognizes the importance of sharing this with young children. Itʼs a precious life lesson for child and adult alike to witness Gregʼs compassion and forgiveness in the face of such hardship. Sure, heʼs not upbeat every minute of every day (and who is?) but overall his outlook is admirable.

We were honored to be part of some of Gregʼs recent milestones- highlights being moving to outpatient living and a first meal out at a restaurant since the accident. During our visit Kyle, Ryan, and Tommy proved that small kindnesses go a long way. They tried to be helpful in any way they could to Greg, from helping move his things to the Fisher house, to pushing him around in his manual chair, to buying him that last choco-taco at the BAMC cafeteria. Little Tommy even reached out and held down Gregʼs ice cream sundae dish so it wouldnʼt slide around while Greg dug in with his left hand. In return they got a few joy rides in his motorized chair!

Heading back to New York this time wasnʼt much easier than when I left Greg in June. More hugs, kisses, and tears…I look forward to the day when itʼs easier to leave, when Greg regains his independence. For now the path ahead of him remains long and full of challenges. His days are tiring; filled with appointments to various doctors, case managers, physical therapy, etc. Next week Greg is scheduled to begin intensive physical therapy at the CFI (Center for the Intrepid). This is exciting since itʼs here that Greg will begin to ready his body for use of prosthetic legs, but itʼs also going to bring new challenges physical and mental alike. While his wounds continue to heal he still has many areas on the skin graft sites that require daily wound care. The phantom pain has decreased but will always be present to some extent. Sleeping through the night still hasnʼt happened. Most troublesome is Gregʼs right arm. As Summer mentioned in a recent post, it doesnʼt function as a usable limb at this time. The bones arenʼt healed, the elbow is missing, and there will always be extensive scars and limits on weight-bearing. Only time will tell if the doctors can fix this arm so Greg can truly use it…I hope and pray every day that they can.

 

Stay strong Greg, we love you!

 

Love, Eva (Gregʼs sister)

205 Comments
  1. Mary Olsen #

    We are continuing to send our love and keep Greg in our thoughts. Thank you Eva for the update.

    August 15, 2011
  2. Julia #

    Greg, I am so proud of you! Looking forward to seeing you next week and giving you a big hug. xoxo Your Big Sis, Jules

    August 17, 2011
  3. This is such a touching tribute. It’s tough, even though there is progress, it’s difficult to think of the journey ahead. Stay strong Greg and family. I’m thinking of you!

    August 17, 2011
  4. Carla Morgan #

    I am thinking of your family during this difficult time…You have been through so much and you are all so strong..what a strong family bond you all have …I envy that…your brother sounds so strong and determined.. thought and prayers to the Galeazzi family..what a brave hero you have in your family..I miss you Julia and Eva…and it was so good to see you and Eva’s family as brief as it was… stay strong…

    August 17, 2011
  5. Jim #

    I’m honoured to be able to pass along my thoughts and hopes for you and your family Greg! You’re body may have been injured, but your spirit is strong and
    whole!

    Thinking about you here in the great white north!

    All the best!
    Jim

    August 18, 2011
  6. I can’t begin to imagine what you’ve gone through, but to see you smiling in that photo makes my heart happy. Obviously, you’re extraordinarily strong, and it’s that kind of fight that will help you to heal in all ways possible. You’re amazing!

    August 18, 2011
  7. Erika Icon #

    You are truly amazing, Greg! Keep on keeping up and stay strong and happy.

    August 18, 2011
  8. Dawn #

    Thinking of you all. I hope the good days soon start to outnumber the bad.

    August 18, 2011
  9. Lindsey #

    Greg, thank you so much for everything you’ve given. No one could ever thank you enough, honestly. Your family has been through so much and I pray everything will get easier very soon. Never give up!

    August 18, 2011
  10. Courtney Anne #

    Head up toward the sky and feel the love that is pouring down on you Greg & fam! You’ve made such progress in such a short amount of time the future will hold so much more! You are in my thoughts and prayers….sending love from an internet stranger. :)

    August 18, 2011
  11. Kerry #

    You are Amazing!!! What kind of courage you must have to fight like this… Sending love and light your way

    August 18, 2011
  12. Lorena #

    Dear Greg,

    Sending thoughts of love and light to you and everyone in your family. Thank you for your dedication and your service! True strength comes from within and does not depend on our physical ability-you are an excellent teacher of this truth.

    Namaste,

    Lorena

    August 18, 2011
  13. Sharon Kornfield #

    Dear Greg – I am so grateful for what you have done for our country and I want you to know that my entire family is cheering for you from afar – we send our strength when you need it and a hug when you need that.
    You have fought for us and now I hope you will use that same commitment to fight for yourself –

    your fans, The Kornfields

    August 18, 2011
  14. Greg,
    Thank you so much for your service to our country. As a proud aunt and sister-in-law to two proud soldiers, I understand the sacrifices that must be made to fight for our freedom. And you have made a greater sacrifice than many.
    It sounds like you are extremely loved..and that you love greatly in return. :)
    Best of luck with your recovery. You will be in my prayers…. and again, thank you for sacrificing so much so that my children can live free.

    August 18, 2011
  15. Beverly #

    I want to thank you for your sacrifice for our country. You are a true hero. I am amazed at the progress you have shown and your spirit. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, as well as your family. What lovely nephews you have. This post warmed my heart.

    August 18, 2011
  16. Maurita #

    Greg & Eva you and your family are in my thoughts. Your post shows Greg is a fighter and will continue to recover. Lots of love sent to you and yours.

    August 18, 2011
  17. I have such tremendous respect for veterans and their families- Brave people like Greg and your family are the reason we have the freedoms we do! Thank you SO much for everything you are all going through, and best wishes for Greg and his speedy recovery!!

    August 18, 2011
  18. Genia #

    I’m in awe of the strength of not only Greg but of your family as a whole. I hope that during the coming days Greg is blessed with continued strength and healing. Sending many thoughts, many prayers, and many well wishes your way.

    August 18, 2011
  19. Sondra #

    The beauty of this and of Greg’s healing journey is the love that you share and how profoundly honest and beautiful that is. Love has a way of healing that cannot be explained. How brave and honourable a man your brother is and how amazing your family and your boys are for loving him so well! Thank you Greg for risking your life for the lives of others and thank you to you his family as you are the reason he is the person who can do that. Love, Blessings and healing energy being sent your way

    August 18, 2011
  20. My thoughts and prayers to Greg and you family as you all heal from the wounds to your loved one. His having such strong loving support will help him through all the tough times. Keep smiling and stay strong for each other. You are wonderful people, and Greg is fortunate to have you around him.

    August 18, 2011
  21. Anna #

    I sit here in my hotel room, waiting for news today that to me seemed life-altering about whether I will need more months or years of chemo, and as I read your story, I remembered that mine isn’t as life-altering as I feel. I cannot even imagine all that you have gone through but I am encouraged by your strength and your willingness to forgive those who have hurt you in inexplicable ways. You are in my thoughts and I hope that your days as you go forward are filled with more light and good points and that you continue to hold on to the incredible strength that you have through this. Sending lots of love your way!

    August 18, 2011
  22. Kelsey Gay #

    Praise God that we have such fine men like Greg fighting for our country. I cannot even imagine the pain you must have felt and the struggle He’s going through. You are all so strong. You will make it, Greg will walk again. I can feel it. Know that this was all done for a reason, you will make it through and you will become a stronger family because of it. I’ll be praying for Greg and your family! God Bless!

    August 18, 2011
  23. Iona Ferguson #

    Hi!

    Here is a bucket load of love, light, hope and smiles from London, where the rain is pouring down and we are now convinced that summer is officially over!
    There is no way, I will be able to understand how Greg feels on a day to day basis. All I can do, is tell him how incredible his strength is. How all of you seem to be a close and loving family and how rare that is!
    As a famous quote goes; “All will be well in the end. If all is not well, it is not the end.”
    Keep smiling and when that is not possible, know that this too shall pass.
    With love & light
    Iona

    August 18, 2011
  24. Brother, the first thing I saw on this blog space was your smile. Having served my country in Desert Storm, I’ve known the pain of loss, but losing only time. You have lost much more, and you seem much happier than I was 20 years ago!

    Keep up that BLESSED attitude, good man! May G-d bless you richly as you recover!

    G-Man, USMC 87-92

    August 18, 2011
  25. I’ll definitely be keeping Greg, your family, and our troops in my thoughts and prayers. And thank you, Greg, for going through what you did for us.

    August 18, 2011
  26. Hi Greg-

    I can’t even imagine the process you’re going through to regain control over daily activities. I just had a major knee surgery and spent some time in the hospital myself and that was tough enough — my surgery isn’t even close to what you’re going through. You are one tough guy!

    Please know that you, Eva and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t thank you enough for your service to this great country and the very unfortunate sacrifices you have had to make in order to keep us safe and free.

    Good luck with rehab!

    August 18, 2011
  27. Kylie #

    It never ceases to amaze me what kind of true heroes we are blessed with in this country. Thank you for your sacrifice. May God bless you and your family. Stay strong!

    August 18, 2011
  28. the grumbles #

    you (and your family’s) sacrifice is so deeply appreciated. it’s popular these days to be opposed to the war, and indeed i am, but that doesn’t change how proud and honored I am by our soldier’s hard work and sacrifice. there will be good days and bad days, and days in between. best wishes and love.

    August 18, 2011
  29. Hi Greg,

    Stay strong! You can do it! Some day soon you’ll be running around with your young nephews. :)

    August 18, 2011
  30. To Greg and your whole family — My heart goes out to you, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your family bond is so special, and I know that you have the strength to fight through this terrible time. Greg, thank you for your sacrifice in the line of duty to keep all of us safe and ensure our freedom. I pray that you will regain total use of your right arm again, and that your road to recovery is as painless and easy as possible.

    August 18, 2011
  31. Moni #

    Your story is really touching. It always amazes me how strong people can heal from horrible wounds and your brother sure is one of the strongest ones. I hope this is only the beginning of a great road ahead for your family. Lots of love & strength!

    August 18, 2011
  32. Kelsey #

    You are an incredibly strong soul, and i wish you the best in your recovery. Please know that we are truly thankful for your service, and proud to call you a hero. Stay Strong!

    August 18, 2011
  33. wewon31 #

    Greg,
    First thank you for your service to our country and protecting the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted every day. I am inspired by your attitude and strength in the face of this challenge. I have no doubt that this outlook and inner strength will take you where ever you desire to go in this life. Good luck, stay strong -and I wish you nothing but the best. Thank you again!

    August 18, 2011
  34. Ash #

    Hi Greg,

    You don’t know me and I can’t imagine what life has been like for you. Just know that I appreciate your hard work, dedication and sacrifice. The world needs people like you with compassion and heart to teach younger generations that there’s more to life. Thank you, I will never forget this wonderful post by your sister. Stay strong.

    Peace,
    Ash

    August 18, 2011
  35. Katrina #

    Thank you so much for your sacrifice. It is appreciated more than we can ever say!

    August 18, 2011
  36. Jessie #

    Praying God’s unending Peace on you and your family.

    August 18, 2011
  37. Jan #

    Greg and family…. Keep up the spirit of love and strength through these difficult times. Keep smiling and know you have a larger support group than you could ever imagine.

    August 18, 2011
  38. Jenn Wilson #

    Greg-
    I’m sending much love and healing energy your way from Portland, Oregon. Please know that I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts and in my heart.

    xo
    Jenn

    August 18, 2011
  39. Kristi #

    Good morning Greg,

    I found you through Love Bomb, and feel so honored to have the opportunity to “drop” one on you! First, my heartfelt thank you for your service, commitment, and sacrifice to protect us and our country. I am in awe at the courageousness you and your fellow service members demonstrate and feel so very blessed that you do. You are truly an inspiriation, and I am so thankful your story was shared as I (and I’m sure every other), am so very touched not only by your braveness but your obvious spirit of love and generousity. Thank you.

    Sending much love, peace and light your way and wishing you the speediest of recoveries. You are the BEST.

    August 18, 2011
  40. Sage #

    Sending all of you much love and appreciation for your service from North Carolina!

    August 18, 2011
  41. Greg, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for all that you have done for our country and the huge sacrifices you have made. I am humbled by your strength, courage and compassion for others in the face of all you have been through. Whenever I have a day when I cannot forgive or feel compassion for others you will be on my mind. I feel blessed to have heard your story and wish you all the best for the future. I send you all my loving kindness for your continued recovery. And to your family, what a lucky bunch you are to have such an amazing person in your lives!

    August 18, 2011
  42. Cat #

    I’m praying for you and want to thank you for your sacrifices. Angel blessings, Greg.

    August 18, 2011
  43. You are a beautiful person Greg!! You are strong and inspiring. I am sending all of my love, courage, strength and admiration.

    Thank you

    August 18, 2011
  44. Dear Captain,
    First thank you so much for serving our country and being there for us. You are an amazing human being. We all have to make up our mind to rejoice in the Lord saying, “I will rejoice, I will rejoice cause I’ve made a choice to rejoice in the Lord. It doesn’t depend on the circumstance, the strength of my ARM or my voice. It doesn’t depend on the way I feel, I’ve made up my mind that I’m gonna rejoice”.
    I rejoice with you and your sweet family for your life, your strength and ability to do what God has given you opportunity to do. Rejoice!
    Kindest regards,
    Barbara†
    @madreminutes

    August 18, 2011
  45. Caroline #

    Sending prayers for courage and strength to Greg and your whole family.

    August 18, 2011
  46. Julie #

    Greg,

    First and foremost, I want to thank you for your service and sacrifice! Your determination and strength are remarkable and admire the quality of your character, which is evident in the way that your whole family loves you. I wish nothing but the very best for you and your family – full and rapid healing inside and out, quality care from skilled and wise doctors, nurses, and therapists, and blessings beyond anything you can imagine.

    Stay strong and be blessed!

    Julie

    August 18, 2011
  47. patti morfeld #

    So inspired by hearing about you Greg and praying for your continued Grace in the face of pain. I know the days ahead are long and exhausting, but remember your life has purpose and there are many many people near and far rooting for you and your recovery!

    August 18, 2011
  48. Lesley #

    I am in awe with what Greg has gone through and how he’s dealing with it…he’s a true American Hero. My thoughts are with you and your family during these trying times. Good luck on the recovery!

    August 18, 2011
  49. It is definitely a tall order to achieve independence after such a traumatic incident. However, I believe that Greg certainly remains alive today to fulfill a mission that is much greater than what he has already accomplished in his time of duty. He’s alive to make a difference, and I know that soon, he will be able to pursue that fully on his own accord.

    August 18, 2011
  50. Ginny #

    Greg’s amazing recovery so far is a testament to the strength of his body and spirit and the support and love with which he is surrounded. Our family’s hearts are with Greg and you and the rest of his family and loved ones as he continues on his journey. Blessings to you all!!

    August 18, 2011
  51. Amanda #

    What an amazing story to read. You are a true inspiration to so many. The line about forgiving the people that hurt you was so touching. Keep smiling :) You and your family are truly amazing people.

    August 18, 2011
  52. Akshita S. #

    Reading your post about your brother was so inspiring. I cannot imagine the hardships that Greg and the rest of your family must be going through right now. I am so thankful for soldiers like your brother that sacrifice so selflessly for others. Thank you Greg. And thank you to you for supporting him.

    August 18, 2011
  53. Lisa #

    My prayers are with your entire family.

    The thoughts about forgiveness and small kindnesses are ones that we can all use and certainly make the world a better place.

    Thank you, Greg, for what you gave for me and the rest of our country. Thank you for being brave enough to face that, and even braver to carry on. You are in my heart and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Peace.

    August 18, 2011
  54. Alex #

    Wishing you the absolute best. However tough you may be finding this, you should know that you have the love and support of everyone around you.
    You are wonderfully strong – stronger than most people will ever be.
    All the best xxx

    August 18, 2011
  55. :-) #

    Eva,

    From your writing it is clear that Greg is a very special person. You put it beautifully that it is a precious life lesson for child and adult alike to witness Gregʼs compassion and forgiveness in the face of such hardship. What an amazing person, with an amazing family! Sending lots of love your way :-)

    August 18, 2011
  56. Eva, Thank you for sharing such a personal perspective. I work as a contractor for the Army in the big, bad building known as the Pentagon and, while injuries of course are beyond terrible, it is good to know that people outside of Washington are seeing their loved ones truly are getting the care they deserve. Keep your spirits up, Greg! Thank you for your service!

    August 18, 2011
  57. Jen #

    Greg, you’re strength, courage, and determination remind us all of the resiliency of the human spirit. Thank you for serving our country and for being the tough SOB you are :) Your story has touched me today and you will continue to be in my thoughts. Life is beautiful and I am so glad you are here to enjoy it.

    August 18, 2011
  58. Nick #

    Greg, my heart goes out to you for the physical losses you’ve sustained. I want you to know though that you possess attributes that seemingly few others do in this world. Your courage, your compassion, and most of all your forgiving heart. Stay strong, stay positive.

    Nick

    August 18, 2011
  59. Lu #

    Greg,
    First I would like to thank you for serving our country and protecting the many priviledges that we have in the USA.
    Next, I want to send warm wishes for a speedy recovery. I know that you are at a facility that does remarkable work!
    You have shown much courage and strength in your healing. I wish you more of both as you head into this next phase of PT.
    Warmest regards to you and your family,
    Lu

    August 18, 2011
  60. M.E. #

    Many people (even strangers like me!) are thinking of you – sending you positive vibes, prayers, and love. I hope you are able to go deep into yourself and find out what your next mission is here in this life. All the best to you all!

    August 18, 2011
  61. Nancy #

    Even though I don’t know you, I can tell you are all wonderful people. Greg you are very fortunate to have such a loving and caring family for support. I want to thank you for you service and sacrifice. Stay strong and have faith. You will overcome this set back in your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you all the best. Nancy

    August 18, 2011
  62. Reading about Greg’s injuries and progress sure puts perspective on things. What an incredible young man. As a someone a year older than he is, I can’t even begin to understand how my life would have been changed in the last year if that had happened to me. He is an inspiration as well as his family and friends that contribute to this blog. I am dumbfounded by how he seems to grow from this when it definitely would have been understandable if he held anger or sadness. You make your life no matter the circumstances. I’m sending you my hope that you continue to progress with limited pain. All my love!

    August 18, 2011
  63. Putter #

    Wow, Greg is one amazing young man and I’m proud to read his blog and to pray for him. What a testament that he’s fighting to find the positives in each day instead of dwelling on the negatives. Love this blog and I will continue to check in often to see the many new things Greg is learning each day!

    August 18, 2011
  64. Elisabeth #

    Greg,
    I reached you and your story through Love Bomb and just wanted to share some love and light from Iowa. Thank you for all that you have done for our country. I appreciate the sacrifices you have made. I know this doesn’t take away the pain of what has happened, but just know that there are those out there who are thinking of you and being inspired by your story.

    August 18, 2011
  65. Greg,
    First and foremost, thank you for your service! I can’t imagine how difficult this transition must be for you and I am so grateful you have such a strong, supportive family! You are very loved! I am sending my prayers and energy for you to experience a recovery beyond what you are expecting! I am praying that this deepens your family bond. I am praying that you find “good” in all of this “bad”. So many people are thinking about you!!!
    To Greg’s Family,
    You are inspirational and he is very lucky to have you!
    All my love and prayers,
    Cindy

    August 18, 2011
  66. cosmicmom #

    Greg, I am in total AWE of you! I know you never would have chosen this path for yourself, but in being forced to deal with it you are such an inspiration for others. Keep on keeping on and NEVER give up! Sending much loving and healing energy to you. You are SUCH a light in this world of ours. Thank you.

    August 18, 2011
  67. Michelle #

    Greg – Thank you!

    August 18, 2011
  68. paloma #

    What a noble spirit!! my eyes filled with tears when I read about Greg’s story. In spite of all your pain and this long road to recover you face, your strength of character shines through in your understanding the role model you are and to talk about how you forgive those who have hurt you to the young and oh so impressionable. The compassion and forgiveness you exemplify is huge and will ripple forward through your loved ones and to all those who hear of you and your story. I honor your great spirit and know you have the resilience to heal and make the best of this tragic incident in your life. You are in my prayers. God Bless you, all the noble warriors who defend our country, and also the loved ones who support you behind the scenes. You are an extraordinary man!

    August 18, 2011
  69. Gene #

    Greg and the entire family are being lifted this very moment in prayers..

    August 18, 2011
  70. Lola #

    I wish you all the best of luck in the rest of your lives. Stay strong (:

    August 18, 2011
  71. Anne #

    You are such a strong person! Keep going!! You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

    August 18, 2011
  72. SFKatAttack #

    It is people like Greg who made the country that we live in today, and we should ALL be incredibly grateful for his courage and determination. I couldn’t possibly know what it is like to have such drastic disfigurements, but I do know that life is hard enough when you have all of your abilities to do the simplest things. God bless Greg and may He give him the courage and support that he needs to live his life to the fullest. My heart goes out to him.

    August 18, 2011
  73. Hi Eva,

    Greg sounds like an amazing and inspiring man. I’m sure a lot of people would struggle to maintain a positive attitude, and yet here is, smiling with his nephews, appreciating life. You, Greg, and the rest of your family are in my thoughts. Sending you lots of love and support from California!

    Lori

    August 18, 2011
  74. Donna #

    Greg –
    Sounds as though nothing will stop your progress, so good luck and stay strong (as if you need anyone to tell you that!) Keep thinking of all the people who care about you – including us LoveBombers who don’t even know you personally. You’ve already proven your strength many times over and the fact that you can find it in you to forgive those who have hurt you, and to pass the message of forgiveness on, shows you to be a wonderful human being.
    Keep fighting the good fight!

    - Donna

    August 18, 2011
  75. I too am honored that we have men and women like you fighting for our country. Thanks is simply not enough to say for the sacrafices that you have made for me. You and your family are in my prayers today.

    August 18, 2011
  76. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and tribute to Greg! When you mentioned the little gesture your son did in holding his uncle’s bowl so he could scoop out the ice cream, I can’t help but think of the pure loving-kindness of children.

    Greg, to you, thank you for being an example. I have never been in combat or had such a dramatic life-altering change happen so suddenly for me. I know a thing or two about the pain, about not being able to take care of myself, of losing capabilities that you once had, and being stared at constantly in public due to disabilities and health concerns, many of which I’ve had my entire life. It’s one thing to have it your entire life (you never get “used” to it), but to have it happen so suddenly I just can’t imagine.

    I’m glad you have great medical care at the Army Hospital and there are many to help you get from strength to strength. I smiled as I read of you getting prosthetic legs. For one, my grandfather had a prosthetic for his right leg because it had to be amputated due to being kicked by a horse. I still remember seeing my Grandfather get up on a horse, how he had to get up on the “other” side because that was his good leg. He did so much and it was an inspiration to me.

    Sending lots of love and positive thoughts and hope that you continue to improve and get even better.

    August 18, 2011
  77. J #

    Thank you, Greg, for all that you’ve done. Praying for your speedy recovery. Sounds like you’ve made great progress so far.

    August 18, 2011
  78. Sue #

    Greg, your courage knows no bounds. Not only have you served your country bravely, but you continue to demonstrate your bravery and strength through your recovery. Words cannot express our gratitude for your service, and please know that we are lifting you and your family up in healing prayers. You are an inspiration to so many. Stay strong, dear one.

    August 18, 2011
  79. Angie #

    Thank you, Greg, for your service! I hope that your recovery is smooth and reflects how strong you are!

    August 18, 2011
  80. Amber #

    Greg~
    Nothing I can say can convey how deeply grateful I am that you are okay. I’m so sorry for the injuries that you have suffered. I know that no words can return to you what has been lost, but, Thank You! Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank You for fighting for my freedom. Thank you to your family for the sacrifices that they have made. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank You!!!

    August 18, 2011
  81. Amelia #

    What an amazing man. A true, incredible hero. My best wishes to you all.

    August 18, 2011
  82. Janet #

    Dear Greg & Family,

    I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers your way. Greg’s journey has touched my heart. I can still remember when I was 9 years old and my father lost both of his feet. I can still remember the ups and downs, not only he but all of our family went through at the time. You are blessed to have the people who support and love you. May you all feel the love and support from us aroung the world who have heard of your jouney and are praying for you. May your journey forward be filled with many more ups! God Bless and Thanks you.

    Janet
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    August 18, 2011
  83. Lindy #

    Thank you for your service to our country. Keep your head up and keep moving forward! I am in awe of your courage and the fact that you continue to smile and have forgiveness in your heart. That makes all the difference in the world.

    August 18, 2011
  84. Liz #

    Greg (Eva and Family),
    I found you through Love Bomb and am honored to be reading your story. First I want to share my thanks and appreciation for your military service. I am truly humbled to know that there are strong and courageous people like you out there serving our great country.
    And most of all, please know that there are many, many people all around the world who will read your story and who will be cheering you on throughout your recovery!! Keep shining your bright, positive light out into the world and the world will give you love, hope, inspiration and strength!! I wish you only the best through out your recovery!! Peace and hope to you and your family!

    August 18, 2011
  85. We send you our love and support from Missouri!

    The Schmidt Family

    August 18, 2011
  86. You and your family will be in my prayers. I pray for the strength and safety of our troops and their families each night. Greg, thank you, thank you, thank you for your service and your example of incredible character. Never have I been more proud to be an American. You represent the best of our country so very well. Thank you.

    August 18, 2011
  87. Louise #

    It gives me huge encouragement and strength to read about your incredible determination and attitude to life. You inspire me and many, many others, and thank you for being so brave. You’re wonderful! Stay strong <3

    August 18, 2011
  88. I’m right handed, a couple of years ago, I broke my right hand playing soccer. I had it in a cast for almost a month, it was hell. I could barely type and I couldn’t afford to lose my job because of that. So I had to learn how to use my left hand only, it was difficult because I work in Customer Service and need to type 8 hours a day. Sooo… I imagine how Greg feels, but my month is nothing compared to what he actually has to do daily! Good Vibes, and keep up the good spirit!

    Amber
    Lovebomber from Mexico

    August 18, 2011
  89. Connie G. #

    Thinking of you and your family and praying for God to give you strength and peace as you continue down the road of healing. Thank you, Greg, for your service to our country and for your willingness to face such danger in our defense. We will continue to lift you up in our prayers-praising Him for your life, and praying that you will live intentionally the rest of your days and give strength to those who are struggling with their own healing. thank you, again, sir, for your noble sacrifice on our behalf. We are indeed grateful.

    August 18, 2011
  90. Elaine #

    Greg, I’m sure the road ahead looks like a very long one, but I’m equally sure that you’re going to travel along it with great strength and determination.

    I wish you all the very best on your journey.

    August 18, 2011
  91. Brie Vizcarra #

    Greg,
    With every ounce of my being I want to say ‘Thank you!’ Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for being what so many of us strive to be in life…a hero.

    Your sense of forgiveness towards those who hurt you is remarkable. Sharing those sentiments with your young nephews is inspiring and uplifting.

    I know life is not easy at the moment but I hope that with every kind word you hear, you realize that we support you from every corner of the country, of the globe!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Greg!!!

    August 18, 2011
  92. Ronda #

    Greg – you’re a remarkable human being! I wish you all the best in your recovery. You’ll never know what an inspiration you are to others!

    August 18, 2011
  93. Thank you Captain Galeazzi, for your heart-wrenching sacrifices. Please know that my family and I are sending you love and healing energy to help you recover as fast and fully as possible.

    August 18, 2011
  94. Kay #

    Greg, God Bless you, I want you to know I’m sending out my 1st Love Bomb and I’m happy & blessed that it is to you. Your service to our Country is beyond words and I want to thank you from my heart. Your body took a hit and sacrificed so much for us to have this freedom that we so foolishly take for granted most of the time, as its only comes through you and other service personnel like you. I pray for your healing and a great life that is ahead of you, as God will walk with you through all trials and the Holy Spirit will enable you not only to survive but also to come out a conqueror. Stay strong and I have a feeling you will, as you seem to have a wonderful strong family that loves and stands by your side, as God also does…Love Bomb, friend….kay & Jim

    August 18, 2011
  95. Bill #

    You are an inspiration of corage and persiverance. I’m not sure if I have any power over the universe, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    August 18, 2011
  96. Cami #

    Just read your story that I heard about from Bargain Blessings. A sincere thank you to you and all soldiers that are willing to go to the front lines to defend us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. What a true hero you are, and a great example of forgiveness. Thank you for sharing this story!

    August 18, 2011
  97. Amie #

    What a blessing your family is! I’m so inspired by the strength and incredible perspective you all seem to have. I’ll keep you all — especially Greg — in my prayers as you continue on this journey.

    Greg: Thank you for your service and for being an example of courage, determination, integrity and honor to your nephews. They are blessed to be learning how to be a better person from you!

    Much love to you all.

    August 18, 2011
  98. Connie Li #

    I read the whole post and am touched by the huge amount of love and strength in your family. Greg is obviously an amazingly strong person inside, being able to cope with immense amounts of pain and ferociously wishing himself to get better. Your sons are also wonderfully sensitive, as young as they are, from the photo. I’m glad to see that Greg is recovering so quickly and well. Greg is still alive, impaired, yes, but alive, and we’re all thankful for that. I also typed this entire comment with my non-dominant hand just to see what it would feel like, and it’s difficult. I hope he regains full use of his right arm and I wish you, Greg, and the rest of your family the best.

    August 18, 2011
  99. Scott #

    Amazing story and very sentimental. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and hope that recovery continues to advance at such a rapid pace!

    Sent from the Lovebomb group.

    August 18, 2011
  100. marty mazzocco #

    I am so happy to drop some love and happy thoughts on you. Your forgiveness of those who injured you is so very impressive and touching and most of all, inspiring. I have a lot of respect for you and your sacrifice for me and my family.
    I wish for nothing but the best for you on your journey.
    Your courage is extraordinary.

    August 18, 2011
  101. Sending you lots of love and light to stay strong through this difficult time. With love and support of your family you can conquer anything.

    August 18, 2011
  102. Christy #

    I can’t begin to say I understand or relate to anything that you are going through but know that I can pray for peace, healing, and happiness. May God light up and bless the path ahead.

    August 18, 2011
  103. Greg, stay strong brother! Thank you for defending our freedom. We wouldn’t be the nation that we are if it weren’t for the unselfish people like you. Keep your head up and know that so many people are supporting you!

    August 18, 2011
  104. rome #

    with Love and Perseverance, Greg has overcome and prevailed, and i could not think of not sending you and your family some additional love and positive thoughts. thank you Greg, for being an amazing inspiration of love and compassion. [love&huggs]

    August 18, 2011
  105. Daphne #

    Thank you for your sacrifice. You chose a path that was inherently dangerous and you have come out victorious. You stepped up to the plate when others were too afraid. You are one of a kind. Continue to be strong as you are the inspiration for many others. Although I do not personally know you, I DO know that there are many people who love you and think the world of you.

    How else would a stranger come across your story and know where to show you some love?

    On the days that don’t seem so great, think about your nephews. YOU are their Superman. I’m sure they’ve told all their friends about the incredible things you can do (you know, fly, shoot lasers from your eyes. The typical superhero stuff). I believe it, too.

    August 18, 2011
  106. What an amazing example of strength, forgiveness, and healing Greg is! I’ll keep Greg and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sending lots of love and ((((hugs)))) from Colorado Springs,
    Deb

    August 18, 2011
  107. Natasha #

    Your family will be in my thoughts.

    August 18, 2011
  108. We have no idea on a daily basis just what our countrymen who serve do for us. There is no limit we could reach to repay them, and heros like Greg deserve all that we can do for him! Please continue to give him our love and support and let him know that folks around the country (and the world probably!) are pulling for Greg in his recovery and praying for his physical and emotional healing!!

    August 18, 2011
  109. Greg,

    Thank you for being an inspiration to those around you! Thank you beyond words and measure for your service! Thank you for showing what it means to live life fully and to move mountains!

    May each healing step and breath be filled with all of the love, support, help, compassion, independence, etc.- all that you need each moment of the day and night.

    Hang in there, and Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2011
  110. I don’t know about the others “love bomber’s”, but Iam typing with only my left arm in a sign of respect of you, strong man!!

    Sometimes, we don’t know our purpouse in life…but I have a opinion about your situation: you have a chance to show to the other people that they can be happy, independently of any hard situation, you can teach them how to forgive and understand the life…and overcome all the barriers!! Why don’t you, after a complete healing of course, start a project to give some support to people who have lost lims and everything? It’s a good way to chanfe the world!!

    With all my deeply wonder about you and with only my left arm(haha), I congrats you! Be strong!!!!

    Big hug…
    Artur
    São Paulo, Brazil

    August 18, 2011
  111. Theresa #

    Greg,

    My heart felt thanks to you for your service to our country and my prayers and blessings to you as you continue your healing and recovery. Your sister’s words about you are inspiring and while your healing journey may be bumpy at times, I sense from your sister’s words that you will use this as a lesson to teach others. You honor us with your strength and courage.

    August 18, 2011
  112. Heidi #

    You are a hero. To your family, your friends, your community, your country.
    Your spirit glows and it will surely encourage those around you to be as strong and hopeful as you are.
    Thoughts and prayers your way!

    August 18, 2011
  113. Brad Denis #

    It’s people like you who have committed above and beyond the cause, that keep the rest of us humble. If thanks is enough for your sacrifice, then thanks. Keep strong, because believe it or not, there is some positive things that do come from such circumstances.

    sincerely

    August 18, 2011
  114. August #

    The strength of Greg is truly inspiring. I could never imagine the pain (both physical and mental) he has survived through, and the fact that he is doing so well and still finds so much hope and courage on a daily basis touches my heart. He is very brave, and I admire him (as well as you!) because of all he has been through. I wish him lot’s of luck recovering from his injuries, and will keep him in my thoughts.

    August 18, 2011
  115. Sam Ordos #

    As a future occupational therapist and someone who’s seen a lot of success stories, I have much hope for Captain Greg. May God bless you all with hope, the vision to see the reality of your blessings, and a fighting spirit. Greg – you are a hero. Don’t give up – you have a lot of meaning to milk out of life yet! :)

    August 18, 2011
  116. I have a cousin who lost his leg in Baghdad. I can’t even imagine what you must have and must be going through, but thank you for your positive attitude and courage.

    God bless you!

    August 18, 2011
  117. Much love to you & Greg.. may he have a speedy recovery

    August 18, 2011
  118. Dear Greg,
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice and continuing to be a true American warrior! You are a great role model for your nephews and all those who know you (or of you). Praying for God’s blessings on you and your family, may he wrap his healing arms around you and give you comfort and strength in these difficult times. I cannot find the appropriate words to express my feelings regarding your losses, just know that you are being thought of and heartfelt prayers are following.

    August 18, 2011
  119. Karey #

    Hi Greg just wanted to come by let you know your being prayed for,a hope and a future, you are loved and so many are pulling for you…

    August 18, 2011
  120. Sofie #

    Hey Greg, hey Eva,

    Living in a country in Europe, I’ve been positively war-free for all my life. It’s hard to imagine that people are really fighting a war out there, with those terrible consequences. I hope and pray for you that you may find the courage and strength to go on, even in the darkest of days.

    In the meanwhile, I’m afraid wishing you the best is all I can do, and telling you that your story is truly inspirational, and gives people around the world the encouragement to lift their heads and move on, if only because there is no other way, and they know life can be beautiful.

    A lot of love

    Sofie

    PS: you are right. It’s so important for childeren to be taught about forgiveness. But it’s a lot more admirable coming from someone who has a lot to forgive.

    August 18, 2011
  121. Jenni #

    Greg thank you for your service and your willingness to sacrifice for a better world. We are better for having you in it. I am praying for your continued healing!

    August 18, 2011
  122. Just wanted to let you know that Greg and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. His gracious attitude towards those who have injured him means that his spirit will stay strong and healthy, helping him to make the best of this situation.

    God bless you all.

    August 18, 2011
  123. Carla Hurst Chandler #

    Thank you for your sacrifice…for us…

    Carla

    August 18, 2011
  124. Runa #

    All the best to Greg, together you are a strong and loving family x

    August 18, 2011
  125. Ellen #

    Glad to see the wonderful people at BAMC and Fisher House are taking good care of you. You are fortunate to have such a loving supportive family to help lift you up.

    It is obvious you already personify this quote from Oswald Chambers:

    “God does not give us overcoming life, he gives us life as we overcome. The strain is the strength. If there is no strain, there is no strength. Are you asking God to give you liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength.”

    You are an example for us all. Thank you for your service. I am sending lots of healing energy and prayers to you and your family.

    August 18, 2011
  126. Liz #

    I can’t imagine the pain or the struggle, but my heart goes out to Greg and you all and wish you all the best, now and in the future.

    August 18, 2011
  127. Hazel #

    Greg, just wanted to say that you are a total inspiration and a true hero and send my best wishes to yourself and all your family, Hazel x

    August 18, 2011
  128. Stephanie #

    While I do not always agree with our country’s foreign policy, I have ALWAYS appreciated the sacrifice our armed services make for us. Greg, you have my profound thanks and admiration both for the sacrifice you have made and for the tenacity with which you have applied to your recovery from such devastating wounds. While taking care of your body, please take care of your mind as well. Thank you!

    August 18, 2011
  129. Darren #

    Hi Greg,

    Hoping you can find the peace soon to sleep through the night to give your body the rest it needs and deserves.

    Can’t even begin to understand what life is like for our service members overseas, and for you personally, with all the challenges ahead of you, and the many you’ve already accomplished. Well done, Greg.

    August 18, 2011
  130. You must have an amazing spirit, Greg, to have come so far in such a short amount of time since your injury. I can not imagine how hard this has been. Your smile is inspirational and I wish you nothing but the best as you move forward into this next phase of your life.

    August 18, 2011
  131. LaVon #

    I am so grateful there are people like you who sacrifice for my freedom. Thank you for fighting for our country! I am sorry for your struggles. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you!

    August 18, 2011
  132. Kelsey #

    Your story is truly inspiring! It’s great to hear that you have been able to stay positive and strong through times of hardship. Good luck with your journey to recovery and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    August 18, 2011
  133. All my love and prayers are sent out to you and your family. You are all so strong and inspiring, and I wish you all the very best.

    God Bless

    August 18, 2011
  134. Hi Captain Greg,
    Greetings from Carmichael, California.
    We want to thank you for your loyal service to our great country. Thank you for your desire and ability to forgive those who wounded you. You appear to be an excellent young man with a bright future. You can be assured of our prayers as you face difficult but doable days ahead. We want to share our favorite Bible verse about God: Isaiah 57:15 with you. It tells us God is both powerful and personal.
    Jesus loves you, your sisters and nephews love you, and we love you. Lloyd and Bonnie Reynolds.

    August 18, 2011
  135. Kate #

    Greg,
    You and all of our service men are truly heroes. Thank you so much for your service and I wish you peace on your long road to recovery.
    My boyfriend is a former army ranger, and so I know that it is not easy being home in the first place, let alone being injured.
    I admire your courage and your strength, and wish you nothing but the best in all you do

    Dont lose faith,
    love, hope and peace from ohio<3

    August 18, 2011
  136. Lydia #

    Greg, I hope you know how many people are thinking and praying for you and how much you are loved. I’m sure there are many times when things seem overwhelming but I hope you remember what an incredibly strong and amazing person you are and that the people who love you are there to support you through all of this. Your struggle is no doubt unique, but you are not alone in it. Look for strength in all things – the people and situations in your life and you will find it along with peace. May God bless you always.

    August 18, 2011
  137. pam Zoda #

    Greg – Thank you for your courage and sacrifice. Praying for you!

    August 18, 2011
  138. Kristi Rodriguez #

    To A Stranger Who Has Helped Our Great Country!
    Greg, it is with fondness that I send this message to you. I am unbelievably grateful for the sacrifice you have made. My heart aches for the pain and suffering you have experienced. I cannot begin to understand, but my recognition remains the same. I hope on difficult days, you find these words on this blog an inspiration and source to continue your recovery road.
    Sincerely,
    A Grateful American,
    Kristi Rodriguez

    August 18, 2011
  139. Kelsey #

    What an insperational story! We all have so much to thank our brave service men and women for. Greg you are an amazing hero!

    August 18, 2011
  140. Jenny Miller #

    It’s wonderful Greg is doing so well considering all he has been through. Many blessings to Greg and family through all the healing. God Bless.

    August 18, 2011
  141. My love and prayers go out to you and your family.

    August 18, 2011
  142. Jo #

    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

    Thank you Greg for being a good example for us.

    August 18, 2011
  143. Maria #

    Greg, thank you for giving so much for our country.
    May God bless you and your family.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers

    August 18, 2011
  144. first i would like to thank you for your service, for your sacrifice. i cannot imagine what you have gone through. reading through the above blog, i am struck by your strength and willpower, i don’t think that i would be a quarter as strong as you are. we never really know what we can do until we are put in a position that tests us.

    i wish for you good health, happiness, peace and beauty, a speedy recovery, and millions of friends and family around you to cheer you on. i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    many blessings to you and yours, always…

    With much respect,
    Heather Grove

    August 18, 2011
  145. James #

    Greg and your family are in our thoughts. What a testament to the strength and perseverance of the human spirit. You’re all in our prayers.

    August 18, 2011
  146. Dear Eva,

    Wow, you guys are so strong to go through this and remain smiling! I’ll be praying that your brother continues to heal and that you will overcome all future challenges.

    *hugs*

    Mebediel

    August 18, 2011
  147. Becca #

    Greg, you are a true hero. Know you are an inspiration to so many people.

    August 18, 2011
  148. Trashstar #

    Greg,

    Your sister writes very eloquently about the type of man you are and its clear from her comments you are an officer and a gentleman and a first rate human being!

    When you feel like you are struggling to get to where you want to be – remember, this world is a better place because of you and those who are like you, and there is nothing in front of you that you cannot overcome…

    Good luck to you Captain Galeazzi

    Trashstar

    August 18, 2011
  149. Greetings from Carmichael, CA. Captain Greg, thanks for your loyal service to our great country. You appear to be an excellent young man with a bright future. Thanks for forgiving those who wounded you. We are praying for you as you face a difficult but doable future. Isaiah 57:15. Jesus loves you and we love you. Lloyd and Bonnie

    August 18, 2011
  150. Jackie #

    I’m thinking about you too, and my hope is for healthy and a pain-free life. My best wishes to you and your family.

    August 18, 2011
  151. Gg #

    Greg you are a true hero. Thank you for your strength to have the will to recover and the courage to forgive. That is truly amazing!! I am so sorry that this world needs to know war and you will be in my every thought and prayer. God bless you always. Continue to fight hard on your journey towards recovering and I hope that in time your pain will subside. Never lose HOPE for it is the mainstay of life. Breathe and be strong my hero, my friend!

    August 18, 2011
  152. You are so courageous. You are loved.

    August 18, 2011
  153. Rosemary Fetten #

    Hi Eva and Family. Thank you so much for including us in this link so we can follow your journey of healing and send love your way. We keep all of you in prayer. Much love, Rosemary and family

    August 18, 2011
  154. Amy #

    Nothing is more important than family, especially during such a tragic time. I am so glad to hear about your progress and am touched by your story. Stay strong and please know that you are such an inspiration to all. Thank you for everything you have done and keep your head up high!

    August 18, 2011
  155. I can imagine how difficult it must be for Greg. His outlook and his courage sound truly amazing. Here’s wishing you a lot of strength and the ability to overcome every disability and have a wonderfull, full life ahead :)

    August 18, 2011
  156. I truly am grateful to Greg for all he’s given and to his loving family for all the support they’re providing for him in this incredibly difficult process. All the technology in the world can’t make up for what you’ve lost, Greg, but I am pleased to hear there are some options available to ease your way at least a little bit. My thoughts and best wishes will be with you all on the journey ahead. Be well!

    August 18, 2011
  157. Josh P. #

    I give you all the best wishes. You are supported and loved. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made for me and your fellow countryman. You are an inspiration! :D

    August 18, 2011
  158. Kate #

    Greg,
    Thank you for your brave service and sacrifice – - I am so grateful.
    And thank you for your bravery to FORGIVE – - and to teach it to the next generation.
    I am praying for you today. I’m praying for your physical strength, for you to continue to heal thoroughly and for you to regain the use of your right arm. Praying that your heart would be so encouraged by your friends and complete strangers alike!

    August 18, 2011
  159. kimla #

    People like your Greg are an inspiration to us all. To give such a sacrifice to protect our country is truly amazing. Please send him thanks and love for his service, and to your family for supporting his choice. His strong attitude will get him thru this. Thanks again to Greg and all our military!

    August 18, 2011
  160. Megan B #

    Greg, thank you so much for your service to our country. You are an amazingly strong person.

    August 18, 2011
  161. Eddie #

    It is so incredible how the body heals. I cannot begin to praise Greg’s courage and optimism, it’s not easy. This April I received a frantic call from my Mom. I knew right away it was serious, before I discovered the cause. My step-dad is in the Canadian forces, he was sent back from his (only) mission because he’d succumbed to cancer. There were times when we worried he’d be sent to Kandahar. Having survived the cancer (which took years) he found himself grounded here. He did what he thought would help the most, and took a job training new recruits, it was his way to contribute and he loved it. When we got the call he was teaching an ATV course, only to have the machine roll over him during an accident. We thought he was safe here at home. He spent a month in the intensive care unit and we were called in a number of times with the knowledge that although he was in a coma it might be our last chance to see him. He crushed his rib cage and his pelvis, he aspirated in the ambulance. I have NEVER felt so helpless. It was odd seeing such a strong man wither away.
    As with many tenacious soldiers he pulled through. He’s had his surgeries and seen the worst. He’s learning to walk again, like your brother will, but he lost something too. He doesn’t remember much of his life prior to the accident. We thought he was safe here at home. He’s still determined. Somedays more than others, like so many of the patients in the military hospitals.
    It is nice to hear the happy endings, the soldiers that come home and overcome the atrocities committed upon them. Your brother was serving his country, his capacity to forgive is beautiful. His willingness to share his values is beautiful. I wish you, your family and your brother Greg all the best, and I’d like to share my gratitude for his efforts to make the world a better place.

    August 18, 2011
  162. Carmen #

    Whenever you are down, know that you are always in the thoughts of many.

    August 18, 2011
  163. Zak #

    Greg, It is without a doubt that you are beyond strong and that strength is something that will keep you going through all these difficult times. Today I give you my thoughts and hope for you on your recovery and adjustments to this new phase of life and tomorrow you give me strength to push through life’s road bumps. Thank you so very much and I wish you and your family all the best!

    August 18, 2011
  164. cristina #

    Greg,

    You are one of the strongest people I’ve ever heard of. Keep your chin up. My prayers are with you and your family.

    August 18, 2011
  165. Sunnie #

    Thank you so much for serving our country and sacrificing everything that you have. I hope that everyday that goes by for you is better and better. Dont give up on life, you still have a lot to live for. I served for 8 years, I never went overseas, I recieved orders right at the same time I became pregnant. You are so appreciated. Thank you again.

    August 18, 2011
  166. Pamela W #

    I’m so sorry, Greg, to hear of your injuries and your challenges. Although the great majority of traumas in my life have been emotional rather than physical, I always find myself desperate to identify a lesson. Can’t SOMETHING positive come out of all this suffering? My hope and wish for you is that you find some meaning in it all that gives some measure of comfort. What immediately came to mind is something Yeats said, something like “And we are put on earth a little space so that we may learn to bear the beams of love.”

    I am going to hold a thought and a picture of you in my mind — you with new legs, you laughing and joking and enjoying being alive among friends. You, cradled and protected and loved and held in the hearts of so many. Namaste, Greg, and thank you. You make our world so much more beautiful.

    August 18, 2011
  167. Marie #

    First of all Greg. Thank You!!! Second, on behalf of all humankind, I’m sorry you are having to go through this. With that said, WoW you are amazing! Thank you for being such a great role model for your nephews and for everyone. You have to have a huge heart to be able to forgive and move on. With your attitude and spirit I am sure your recovery, while difficult, will be speedy and astounding. I’ll be sending out positive thoughts for you and all those involved in your care. Rock on!!

    August 18, 2011
  168. Kaelin #

    Thank you for your service, sacrifice and courage! sending thoughts, prayers and love your way!

    August 18, 2011
  169. Jenn #

    Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery, Greg. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country.

    August 18, 2011
  170. I was moved to tears reading this post. I am filled with awe and amazement at how quickly Greg is healing. I am not surprised by his strength because of his willingness to fight for random people like me and protect our country. I do not know how I would be in his position. I pray for you and your family and that everything turns out well. Send Greg my thanks for his sacrifice, courage, and strength.

    August 18, 2011
  171. Amy #

    Greg,
    Please know that although we’ve never met, you’ve impacted my life greatly. I can’t imagine what you are going through right now but know that there are even strangers out there praying for you. Words cannot express how thankful we are that you and your brothers are protecting us.

    August 19, 2011
  172. Bethany #

    Greg,
    We hold you in our thoughts as you move through this struggle. May you and your family be blessed more and more every day!
    W/Love from Austin
    B

    August 19, 2011
  173. Angela #

    Greg,
    Your story is truly humbling and your resilience in the face of your experiences is amazing and inspiring. I hope and pray that with each new day you find moments of increasing joy and that you continue to be surrounded by friends and family who love and support you on your journey. May love, light and laughter always find you – especially in those moments you need them most!

    August 19, 2011
  174. Beth McNicholas #

    Such a touching reflection, Eva! I am so happy to hear about the incredible progress that Greg has made already. We will be keeping him and all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I’m sure that Greg knows he is truly blessed to have such a supportive family surrounding him with love. Thank you for your service, Greg. Your ability to forgive what happened to you truly leaves me speechless. God bless you.

    August 19, 2011
  175. Laura #

    You and your family are in my thoughts.x

    August 19, 2011
  176. Aly #

    You are so amazing. Thank you for being such an inspiration. :)

    August 19, 2011
  177. Kristen #

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice to this country. Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way as you work through life’s challenges.

    August 19, 2011
  178. Angie #

    you’re an inspiration to me.

    thank you.

    August 19, 2011
  179. Sarabeth #

    Stay strong Greg! Thank you for giving up so much for our country.

    August 19, 2011
  180. Aggie #

    Thank you, Greg, for all you have given and done for all of us. You are an inspiration! Sending continued prayers for healing. God bless you and all your family.

    August 19, 2011
  181. Amy #

    Sending love, peace, and strength to Greg and all those who love him. Being in a supporting role is sometimes as hard as the injured party – there’s no more helpless, awful feeling in the world than watching someone you love suffer. But when they progress? When they triumph? When they emerge, victorious, on the other side of unimaginable trauma? There’s no sweeter celebration.

    People all over the world are touched by Greg’s story, and we’ll be lifting you all up until the victory party!

    August 19, 2011
  182. Brynn #

    Best wishes, and strength for your recovery, Greg, and for your family. Thank you for your sacrifice and courage.

    August 19, 2011
  183. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    August 19, 2011
  184. Eva ~ Thank you for having the courage to share such an intimate story. I’m sure Greg appreciates you more than you could ever imagine.

    Please tell Greg that he inspires me to be a better person and treat more people with compassion. His ability to come from a place of forgiveness is incredible. Thank him for his service to me and our country.

    You are both amazing — no wonder you’re related :)

    August 19, 2011
  185. Barbara Rathbone #

    I am humbled by the sacrifice given by our service men. May there be healing inside and outside for you, Captain Galeazzi and for those who touch your life.
    You are a hero if only for the smile on your face. Love and prayers to you and yours.

    August 19, 2011
  186. Twoey #

    Stay strong, Greg and family. This too shall pass. God bless.

    Lots of love,
    Twoey

    p.s. I wrote this with my left hand as well.

    August 19, 2011
  187. Melisa #

    I don’t really know how to adequately express my gratitude for your service. Thank you seems so small in return for a sacrifice so great. I can make you a promise though. I won’t forget what you did. Your name will be remembered in my prayers every night. I will tell my boys about you and through your story teach them what brave men they have protecting them and their home. Please know I will be eternally grateful for all you did. Every time I tuck my boys into bed, every time I watch them play outside without fear and every time my husband walks in the door safely after work, I will remember. Thank you. Though they are small words, I mean them from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your sacrifice, your courage, your honor. My heartfelt prayers and thanks to you and yours. God bless you and keep you….always.

    August 19, 2011
  188. Robin #

    Sending love :)

    August 19, 2011
  189. Cloe #

    keeping you in my thoughts! stay strong!!

    August 19, 2011
  190. Ana #

    Much love coming your way! I have more than just respect for the army, and all the men and women fighting for us, I hold pride in them. Thank you for sharing your story and may all the best come to you and your family!

    August 19, 2011
  191. Jackie #

    Greg,

    I know that you, more than anyone, wish that life had a do-over button. An opportunity to re-live those few seconds, and to re-live them differently. I cannot fathom how difficult it must be for you to overcome that, and live, and try, and be a role model for your nephews, and forgive your attackers, and be happy. Many thanks and admiration for your strength and your courage in the face of this adversity. Most of us will never have such a trial, and we are beyond thankful that you signed on to keep us from having to, and risking so much.

    Though I know the loss you are suffering is much more intense than anything described here, I have always loved this quote as a testament to the human spirit, and I think it is embodied within you.

    “Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job…And onward full-tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another–that is surely the basic instinct…Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.”
    — Barbara Kingsolver (High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never)

    Much love, Greg. Take care of yourself, and keep your chin up.

    August 19, 2011
  192. Captain Greg and Family,

    First, my thoughts and prayers are with you as Greg continues his journey to healing. Your story has touched my heart, and the enormous and sincere grin on Greg’s face in the photo is a testament to his generous spirit. I am sure that the days, months and years ahead will present many more challenges (but so many joys, too!), and will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.

    Second, thank you for your selflessness in serving our Country. So often, we do not recognize the sacrifices of our men and women serving in the military. Your bravery and sacrifice are SO appreciated. So while the words are over-used and under-meant, I cannot say enough – Thank you – from the bottom of my heart.

    Last, your ability to forgive those who hurt you is astounding. Thank you for being an example, not only to your own family, but to all of us who read this. We could all stand to be quicker to forgiveness.

    Thank you for inspiring me and touching my heart!

    God Bless!

    August 19, 2011
  193. lori #

    Greg, the first thing I noticed in the photo was your smile! Then I read how you shared with your nephews about forgiveness – YOU ARE AMAZING! I’m reading a book called “God is Closer Than You Think” and among other things it emphasizes SEEING God in everyday events and people. Thank you for making Him easy to see. Thank you for forgiving and teaching forgiveness. Thank you for serving our country. Thank you for smiling and not giving up. Keep touching lives, Greg. God bless you and prayers for your journey ahead.

    August 19, 2011
  194. HopeF #

    Stay strong, Greg, you’re doing fabulously! You’re in my prayers also.

    August 19, 2011
  195. Angela #

    Greg, I wish you all the best in your recovery and know that you have a bright future ahead even though it may be a struggle. I would like you to know that your forgiveness has made me reevalute my own attitude to people in my life that I haven’t truly forgiven so thank you. You will be in my prayers Greg.

    Angie

    August 20, 2011
  196. Cindy Taylor #

    Greg (and family)~ Reading your story and your struggles has touched me deeply for I had a good friend who was an AMAZING man (Master Sergeant) who dearly loved God, was a good example to his men, loved his wife and only his wife, and was a devoted daddy to his kids but especially his dear son. He was injured in a situation somewhat similar to yours but after the explosion he was also shot. He SO MUCH wanted to live and did hang on for months afterward, but the infection and wounds were too much. As you might imagine, not only was his family devastated but those of us who knew and loved him and literally thousands of people around the globe whom he knew and whose lives he touched all missed him as well.

    I do realize that recovery is long, hard, painful and can be discouraging…but know this. You are still you. The man you are is still inside the clay shell and those who love you all know this and love YOU… not just the shell. I am SO GRATEFUL and thankful beyond words that you survived and to this day are here to bless your family and loved ones. You have no idea how truly immense that is…just being alive! So my thoughts and prayers are with you as you struggle along this road of recovery but as you do, please do remember that just having YOU is a gift beyond measure.

    As a final note I actually have a referral for you. I know of a group that is really helpful and that you may enjoy…Wounded Warriors Project. They are dedicated to veterans from Sept. 11th to the present–so guys from Afghanistan and Iraq–and they have everything from events for the mind, events for the body, programs for economic development (helping get back to civilian work), and connecting with alumni (those who served and were injured…who understand). Here’s where you can find them: http://www.helpmyse.wxv.pl/redir.php?zakefuq=google.com&seqote=mail.com&url=http://careertrends.net/esubmit/bizopp_main.php .

    God Bless!

    August 20, 2011
  197. Maria Concha #

    Greg,
    Stay strong and don´t lose hope! You are in my prayers. love from Mexico

    August 20, 2011
  198. Elizabeth Flanagan - O'Donnell #

    Hi- Greg we are so glad you are healing quickly and making progress. It is your motivation and natural strength that will support you through your recovery.
    Eva your update was so eloquent. I knew the boys would be helpful and a source of amusement to their hero Uncle Greg. I am sure they did their outstanding magic tricks for Greg.
    I agree with you that this war should end and we need to get our young men back to the US.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg and your family every day. Love, Elizabeth

    August 20, 2011
  199. I can’t begin to tell you how I am filled with gratitude for Greg and so many other’s sacrifice. I’m honored and humbled that he would be willing to place himself in such harm’s way for my sake and the sake of others. His willingness to forgive and his attitude towards recovery are going to take him a long way. I will pray for his continued recovery and healing, both inside and out! You sound like such a wonderful family full of support and encouragement.
    Blessings,
    ~Erin
    http://www.mynuggetsoftruth.blogspot.com

    August 21, 2011
  200. This message is for Greg. Greg, thank you for serving our country. Thank you for sacrificing so that I and my loved ones could be free. I know the journey ahead will be long for you, but keep fighting. You can make it through this. Your strength and courage is remarkable to me. Keep on fighting the good fight.

    August 21, 2011
  201. Karen #

    Peace, love and best wishes to you from Australia. Stay Strong, and keep on keeping on. :)

    August 22, 2011
  202. Al #

    Greg, you are such an amazing person to have endured all of these hardships. You are a hero for having fought for our country, and deserve to be looked up to. Though things may have changed in an unconventional way, keep your head up high. You ARE better than your disability. You WILL overcome this, and I wish you all the best in all your pursuits in life.
    Love,
    Al :)

    August 22, 2011
  203. Beverly Lepine #

    Bless you for all you have endured and accomplished in such a short time. You inspire me and have shown me miracles do happen. I have seen them in my nursing career over many years. It lifts my heart to see this happen for you. You are a man we have to honor for your forgiving and loving spirit. Keep your spirit and loving attitude ever present and all will get better for sure. Love Bev and Yvon

    August 23, 2011
  204. Joe Keefe #

    Hey Cuz,

    Stay stong and hope to see you soon!

    Joe

    August 30, 2011
  205. Dreamer #

    Sending all my love and strength to both you and your family.

    Greg,God bless you for your endurance and help you overcome these hardships. You are an amazing person for, after going through such rough times still finding forgiveness in your heart and inspiring the best in all those around you.

    Your an honourable man with a loving spirit, wishing you all the best…

    September 17, 2011

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