Michelle and Dan Benavidaz, who lost a son in the Iraq war, are walking across the country to raise awareness and funds for American Military Family. An amazing story. We also conduct a candidate interview with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lustgarten.
Michelle and Dan Benavidaz may have been the "typical" military parents - up until 2008. In 2008, their son, Staff Sergeant Kenneth Mayne, was killed in an IED attack in Iraq. The days and years following the notification were, as Michelle puts it, a blur. Michelle was notified of American Military Family, and utilized their services of family support to get through some of the tough times. Since then, Michelle and Dan have decided to give back, and to honor their son. They chose to embark on a journey across country to raise awareness and funds. The couple left Fort Carson, Colorado, on foot on April 13, 2012, and are WALKING to the Middle East Memorial Wall in Marseilles, Illinois. They plan on arriving at their destination on June 15, 2012. Their hope is to honor their son by completing the journey as planned, and by raising awareness and funds to help veterans and their families deal with the difficult task of coming home, as well as to provide support for family and friends of fallen soldiers.
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK MICHELLE AND DAN! You're inspirations to us, and we hope all goes well during your journey. Thank you for sharing your story, and for stepping up.
Join the journey! You can donate, purchase items, join in on the walk, and more. Below are the links to the American Military Family website and the rally's Facebook page. Check it out, get involved, and support this amazing cause. As Michelle said, if everyone they came in contact with donated just one dollar, that could afford significant change in the way we currently help military families and returning veterans.
AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY WEBSITE
AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY HONOR RALLY FACEBOOK PAGE
Also this morning, we conducted our first, of many, candidate interviews with candidates of the U.S. Senate race in Nebraska. This morning we spoke with Democratic candidate Steve Lustgarten. Find out more about his campaign and his background by clicking on the links below.
STEVE LUSTGARTEN FOR SENATE WEBSITE
STEVE LUSTGARTEN FOR SENATE FACEBOOK PAGE
Segment 1 - John and Josh open the show: Click Here
Segment 2 - Michelle and Dan Benavidez: Click Here
Segment 3 - Steve Lustgarten: Click Here
Segment 4 - John and Josh close the show: Click Here