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Unsung hero hailed Vet lost leg but not hope
NY Daily News ^ | 4/24/06 | CIDKauf

Posted on 04/27/2006 10:02:42 PM PDT by CIDKauf

Unsung hero hailed

Vet lost leg but not hope

BY LISA MUÑOZ DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Vietnam veteran John Devine remembers lifting up the hospital bedsheet, seeing just one leg and thinking, "At least I got one." An enemy mortar had destroyed his right leg and taken the life of a soldier beside him, yet Devine managed to look on the bright side.

The Massapequa man would later give in to years of feeling sorry for himself before reaching a turning point when he decided to be happy and enjoy life, he said.

Devine, 57, who dedicated his life to helping disabled veterans after losing his leg, will receive the 2006 Unsung Hero Award from the Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial Foundation, along with a check for $50,000, at a gala dinner at Manhattan's Pierre Hotel Tuesday night.

In the years since he left Vietnam and learned to adjust to his disability, Devine worked as an aide for the New York City Police Department, graduated from college and sold insurance for 22 years until he retired in 1997.

Devine also dedicated himself to helping other disabled vets lead productive lives, and to bringing others like him to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center to visit soldiers disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: awardwinner; hero; johndevine; vfw; vietnam
I met this brave man in Las Vegas and agreed that he would trade me a "Bush/Cheney '04" ball cap in exchange for my advice in learning better craps...everything in this article is true, John is a Great American Hero and I would not even know he had a prostetic leg if he wouldn't go swimming. May God Bless John Devine and his wonderful family!!!
1 posted on 04/27/2006 10:02:44 PM PDT by CIDKauf
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To: wallcrawlr; DaveLoneRanger

ID & Young Earth


2 posted on 04/27/2006 10:18:05 PM PDT by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: PatrickHenry

Have you seen this?


3 posted on 04/27/2006 10:26:01 PM PDT by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: CIDKauf

Not until now.


4 posted on 04/28/2006 4:01:48 AM PDT by PatrickHenry (Unresponsive to trolls, lunatics, fanatics, retards, scolds, & incurable ignoramuses.)
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