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I have been somewhat of a ghost the last few weeks…I realized today that my last blog post was posted over TWO weeks ago!  Hopefully this post explains my lack of writing/tweeting/reading blogs:

– There has been a lot going on in my personal/running life.  I will go into more detail early this week (just too much to write all in one post) regarding this topic…I am not purposely creating a cliffhanger (I promise)!!

– Two weeks ago, I finished up the redesign of my blog.  I have been itching to have it redone since December, but could not bring myself to lay out the large amounts of money I was being quoted by various web designers.  My blog does not provide me with an income yet, so spending upwards of $1,000 to “make it look pretty” was not a justifiable expense.  Thankfully, a friend on twitter recommended Blog Genie, a fantastic company that offered the same services at a fraction of the cost.   And to save myself even more money, I put on my creativity hat and redesigned the header!

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    Team Red, White & Blue


    A little background…

    US troop fatalities in combat decreased by more than 15% from 2010 to 2011 (437 to 368).  At first glance this statistic sounds promising, however, if you do a little more research you’ll learn that while the number of US deaths have decreased, the number of amputees have risen by a staggering 22% from 2010 to 2011 (205 vs 240) and is more than 17% higher than the previous all-time high in 2007 (205).

    (I won’t go into detail as to why the number of amputees are increasing at an alarming rate, but if you would like to learn more, you should read this article)

    Why am I putting up all these statistics?

    Do you ever wonder what happens to all of the veterans when they return from Iraq or Afghanistan missing one or two legs and/or one or both of their arms?  Or to those vets who return with “invisible injuries” – post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or mild-traumatic brain injury (TBI)?  Immediately upon their return, they receive amazing around-the-clock medical care from fantastic military hospitals.  But then what happens?  Continuing their career in the military is a longshot (amputees are typically medically discharged).  Some return to their hometown. Others stay close to Army or Navy bases.  But ALL need to start their lives over – trying to live a normal life – while learning how to survive/cope with one or more major limbs missing from their body or with whatever serious injury the war dealt them.

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