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I have never met Sigma Chi brother Aaron Hale, but I know him well.

Aaron Hale was initiated into Sigma Chi at Bowling Green University.  He joined the Army, and became an EOD technician.


For those of you who don’t know – EOD stands for Explosive Ordinance Disposal.  Aaron was a bomb squad guy.  His job was disarming explosives in combat situations.

You have to be extremely brave and intelligent to be in EOD.  You can’t let our nerves get the best of you, and you can never make a mistake.  You have to have a love for your country and your fellow soldiers because soldiers like Aaron sacrifice their safety to protect others.

This is the very best type of person our great country has to offer.  Aaron is selfless and brave – a true hero.  He is the type of person we all hope to become when we start our journey into manhood.

So how do I know Aaron if we have never met?

I was in the military, albeit a different branch.  EOD was in my squadron, and I knew those guys well.

I deployed to the Middle East twice, and was the design engineer of the Aeromedical Staging Facility at the base in Balad, Iraq.  This is a medical facility where they kept soldiers who were injured in the field while they waited for their plane to leave Iraq.

I was consumed by this project, and became a frequent volunteer at the facility.  Through this experience I met hundreds of soldiers who were injured.  I experienced unimaginable things, and those brave men forever left a mark on me.

That is how I know Aaron.

I write this because Aaron and his family need our help.  While deployed to Afghanistan, Aaron was in an IED explosion.  The explosion broke every bone in his face, fractured his skull, tore his eardrums and caused permanent blindness.  Since the accident, Aaron’s wife found out she has cancer.  Aaron, his wife and their four kids need our help.

He and his family have been relocated to a recover center in Florida, but are having a hard time making ends meet.

If you are able, I humbly ask you to make a donation through the link below.  100% of the proceeds go to Aaron Hale and his family.  I realize that times are tight, but I am sure we can all find an extra $5 or $10 to donate.

Please don’t discount the impact of small donations.  If enough people make small donations, it can turn into a significant amount of money.

This is my Christmas wish.  Go here to donate:  Aaron Hale

To read more about Aaron Hale’s story – see the links below:

http://www.sigsforsoldiers.org/soldiers.htm#.UMFU3ncyGSo

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/revere-graduate-blinded-in-afghanistan-i-am-very-lucky-1.255053

http://fairlawn-bath.patch.com/articles/bath-native-aaron-hale-recovering-from-bomb-blast

http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wear_wounded-warrior-getting-new-home-27082.shtml#.UL17o0vYIWQ.facebook






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