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Who needs feet to drive? …Apparently not me!

Renting a car with hand controls is actually as easy as renting one without. It was driving it that was the difficult part. But, after two moving violations and a few squished squirrels, I was cruising around in style like Mario Andretti –just kidding. Honestly though, manipulating the vehicle through hand controls has been relatively simple, and hopefully by the end of July I should have modifications made to my own car. This will be a huge step in regaining my independence. At 26, the permanent-chaperon thing gets old quite fast.

I am half way through my trip to New York and have already gone from Westchester to Ithaca and back, followed by Manhattan, and a quick visit to my sister’s graveside in Long Island. I watched a perfect sunset at one of her favorite places, and made a quick detour to the ocean. The wheelchair didn’t seem to enjoy moving through sand, so (*determined to feel the water), I hopped down and dragged myself down the sand dune and across the beach until I was sitting in the waves up to my chest.  The water is still cold, and I don’t advise crawling across a beach in wet shorts unless you want sand everywhere…. And I mean EVERYWHERE…or so I’ve heard ;)

It was great to hear from so many of you this weekend. As always, thank you for caring.  I hope that, through my story, this Memorial Day was a bit more solemn for a few more Americans.  That doesn’t mean not to have fun.  After all, those who have sacrificed so much for this great country, did it to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. (like driving) If I had the opportunity, I would give more so that my loved ones can light fireworks, drink beer, dance, swim, play sports, watch TV, or invest in Facebook, all without having to face the evils in this world.  Do enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted, as THAT is the reason why many have sacrificed.  But while we do, always remember the brave men and women who have given their lives defending your rights and who have kept America the wonderful (not perfect, but wonderful) country that it is.

 

Greg

6 Comments
  1. Marguerite #

    Glad to see you are up and about! I don’t have a job lined up for after my clerkship (fingers crossed), but when I do, I am going to see if I can’t rally the Sag Harbor folks and plan a trip the weekend of Sept. 14-16 out to San Antonio to visit. There is a Wounded Warrior 8k that weekend. Figured, run for and visit our favorite vet.

    June 4, 2012
  2. Justin Peterson #

    Greg, it’s great that you were able to make it back to the east coast… Learning to drive all over again must be a strange feeling, especially with that heavy metal brace. I’m sure it’s tough for you each and every day, but keep up the good fight! You are a great inspiration.

    Justin

    June 4, 2012
  3. Charlie Miseo #

    Glad your moving around and back to traveling a little. You should try to catch a yankees game while your back they are starting to play better. One day when im back in the states we will have to meet up. stay strong brah.

    Charlie

    June 5, 2012
  4. Jeffrey Tracey #

    I like how your website link now has a purple heart logo on the favorites tab; much sharper looking!
    JMT

    June 6, 2012
  5. Kathleen Hoye #

    Hi Greg: I’m so happy to hear you made up to to NY to spend time with your family. It sounds like quite the adventure and your navigating it with a good sense of humor. Please know that I’m thinking of you and sending good wishes and prayers your way. Take care!

    June 6, 2012
  6. Kortney Showerman #

    CPT Galeazzi,

    I have been keeping up with your page for the past few months now, after an old basic training battle buddy Charles Brazil showed it to me. Your story is beyond amazing and inspiring – words can’t really explain. You show the true heart of a soldier, sir, and I never knew how much your story would really touch me until now.

    My unit has been deployed to a small COP that you and your soldiers helped to establish, and we have been here for about a month. Activity is at a very low level, and I can honestly say that your men paved the road for this. I have to thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I am now experiencing the outcome of all of your hard work. Not only that, but your story and your heart give us all the drive to keep on in this mission. Some of the AUP’s shown in your pictures are here with me now, and one keeps a picture of you. I look forward to your updates, and I am so happy to hear of your awesome new adventures.

    God Bless you and your sacrifices, they have made a tremendous impact here.
    - SPC Kortney Showerman
    303rd MP Co

    June 8, 2012

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