Quiet Hero

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 9.39.10 AMJuly 4, 2014 I learned that America’s real heros, except to a small group of people, may go unnoticed. They are the men and women that see their path of service to the country and selflessly take action. Nick Eufrazio is a true American hero who quietly served, sacrificed and demonstrates that actions speak louder than medals. On Thanksgiving Day, 2010, as part of the initial surge action in Afghanistan, Nick  suffered a traumatic brain injury, from enemy grenade fragments,  while on post at a forward operations base. Prior to suffering this life threatening injury, Nick was involved in over 50 fire fights in only a 4 month period, lasting 2-4 hours each.  Today at age 23, Nick’s new mission is to continue recovering from his wounds and resume a path of service to others.  I had the honor of spending Independence  Day with Nick and his family. Throughout our visit Nick, seated in a wheel chair, listened intently , as the family and I retraced this young warrior’s steps of service that led to Afghanistan.  Quietly he relived the fighting, his near death in war and his near death during his recovery back in the United States. As the difficult stories  unfolded, Nick remained engaged and positive. There is a presence that Nick has that demonstrates that this young man has a special quality of leadership and satisfaction for what he has accomplished. I will continue Nick’s story in the days ahead as I honor his service during my ride throughout the country.


  1. Gabrielle says:

    Very moving. We will miss you.

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