Local Marines Answer Call of Wounded Warrior Regiment - Rally Around Disabled "Operation Iraqi Freedom" Combat Veteran

Rally Around Disabled "OIF" Veteran

Glasgow, Kentucky; April 16-17, 2011: Active duty Marines and Marine Corps veterans responded to the call of SSgt Duane Cooke, U. S. Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Regiment, District Injured Support Cell (Kentucky-Tennessee-West Virginia), to voluntarily assist in the modification of a deck, ramp, and stairs for a severely disabled Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Armed with rotary saws, hammers, measuring tapes, and nails, these Marines embodied the spirit that all Marines espouse - Marines taking care of their own. Facilitated by a "short fuse" electronic call for volunteers, issued by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK), local active duty and veteran Marines from the Bowling Green and Louisville areas gathered together at the residence of Cpl Chris Malone, to do whatever was necessary to make his home more handicap accessible, in an effort to enhance his life. Although support rendered to various elements of our statewide Marine Corps community frequently takes the form of monetary grants and satisfaction of expenses for organizations and individuals in need of assistance, voluntary work projects such as this effort at Glasgow, Kentucky, epitomize the bond that brings us all together and reinforces our dedication to the values and discipline instilled in all of us by our Marine Corps experience. The men and women of the MCCCK "salute" and commend SSgt Duane Cooke, USMC, for the work he does daily to assist those among us, who have borne the brunt of our Global War on Terror, by helping them to heal, while readjusting to civilian life. Special thanks to Sgt Sgt Joel Extine, USMC (1994-2006) of Bowling Green, Kentucky, who responded to the call and assembled his own "squad" of volunteer workers to significantly contribute to the completion of this necessary and gratifying project. Together, as a Marine Corps community, we thank Cpl Malone for allowing us to return to our roots and reinforce our organizational mottos "Always Faithful" and "Marines Serving Marines." (Photo courtesy of Joel Extine, Sgt, USMC 1994-2006)