On this day, 15 years ago, the Magnificent Bastards of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment would set off at zero dark thirty on Operation Bug Hunt. The mission was to avenge the death of many of our guys just a few days prior, which was the bloodiest day of the war in Iraq. Avenge deaths we did. Though we would lose more warriors this day, the insurgents would take much heavier losses – in the hundreds. 18 year olds fresh out of high school running across open for under heavy enemy fire, just to make it to those ambushed and in need of support. Warriors that defied odds and ran to the sound of chaos, not from it. Brave souls that gave their life not just for their country, but more importantly, for the man beside them.
Today is a day I and many others should not have survived. Pinned down and nearly out of ammo, in a raw sewage canal, praying we could kill just one more. Thinking today was the day we’d meet our maker, but not before killing as many more insurgenta as possible. But God had other plans for us. We lived so that we could tell their story. So that we could live life for them, in honor of them. God needed them to stand guard duty on the streets of heaven and I have no doubt they’re doing a marvelous job.
So tonight as I snuggle my babies, I think of those brave souls and the sacrifice they made for me to be here. So to their moms and dads, wives and family, I say thank you. Thank you for raising warriors.
The sound of clays being shattered coupled with the sweet smell of Texas BBQ permeated the air while more than 400 Texas Sentinels Foundation combat wounded veterans, TSF sponsors, donors and a host of shooting teams rallied to take home coveted OLNL 2019 trophies. The only break in the action came from the Commemorative Air Force Air Show and Flyover, the RE/MAX Skydiving Team demonstration as well as the epic CH-46 flyover and static display. The 2019 Operation Lock-N-Load Sporting Clays tournament raised money to support the mission of the Texas Sentinels Foundation to help build new lives for post 9/11 combat wounded veterans and award much need TSF Life Scholarships. The focus of the fundraising this year was to build a home in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area for a combat wounded Marine and Purple Heart recipient, SSGT Charles Lauersdorf as well as provide funds for approximately 130 TSF Life Scholarship requests. SEE PHOTOS HERE
“Thank you for supporting our wounded military and giving my daddy a home!” exclaimed Aidan Medina, 6 year old son of Corporal Jesse Medina who was wounded on Christmas Day 2012 and received a TSF Home for the Holiday home the following year. The next in line to receive a TSF home, SSGT Charles Lauersdorf told the crowd, “Thank you is not enough for what I truly wish to tell all of you. You guys truly have made a difference in my life and in the lives of my children. Receiving a home from TSF and having the support of this crowd is one of the best things to have happened to me and I promise to pay it forward to other wounded veterans.”
The Texas Sentinels Foundation Board of Directors wishes to thank all our donors, sponsors, shooters and our dedicated volunteers who make it possible for the mission to continue.
Mark your calendars, dust off your clubs because our annual Operation Hole In One For All Golf Tournament is right around the corner! The tournament will take place at Bayforest Golf Course, May 23rd with an 8:00 AM shotgun start. It will be a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation for those for those who have served – while networking and playing a round of golf, too!
The Texas Sentinels Foundation is proud to announce Marine SSGT Charles Lauersdorf, Purple Heart recipient and father of 4, will receive a 100% debt-free, mortgage-free, fully furnished home in the greater Fort Worth area in 2019. Charles joined the USMC in 2001 and completed 7 combat deployments. SSGT Lauersdorf was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained during the battle of Ramadi, Iraq.
“Charles is a very deserving home recipient. He has been a great supporter of Texas Sentinels and has served his country beyond the call of duty. We are honored to provide a home for this exceptional Marine and his beautiful family!” Clarified Jeanne Filip, Co-Founder of the Texas Sentinels Foundation.
Jason Stier, Benchmark Mortgage, has stepped up to serve as the TSF Home Team Leader. Jason and his wife Kirsten Stier, RE/MAX of Texas Senior Business Development Consultant, bring their own unique brand of appreciation and insight into veteran’s issues and the mentorship requirements to help combat wounded veterans rebuild their lives.
“Words could not possibly begin to express how honored I am. This is truly life changing for my kids and me and I am beyond grateful. I will do my best to pay it forward and be the best Ambassador for Texas Sentinels Foundation. It’s been an honor to be a champion for such a great cause over the last few years and am thrilled to be officially part of the TSF family. To Richard and Jeanne Filip and the TSF Board of Directors, thank you so much for what you do for our veterans. You are truly a first class charitable organization with a heart of gold.” declared Charles upon hearing the news of his selection during a TSF luncheon on Thursday afternoon.
Texas Sentinels Foundation 2012 home recipient Marine Corporal Jesse Medina, who is currently assigned as a Patrol Officer in the North Patrol Division, was named Houston Police Department’s 2018 Rookie of the Year. In his short two year stint with the Houston Police Department, Medina has distinguished himself by his service and his “can-do” attitude. Officer Medina is the first amputee to complete the Houston Police Department Training Academy and become a commissioned Houston Police Officer. Despite his physical limitations, Officer Medina has proven to be an invaluable asset to the city of Houston. Semper Fidelis!
Marine Corporal Jesse Medina served two tours in Afghanistan with the 1st Marine Division and was injured in two separate IED explosions. On Christmas Day 2011, Medina sustained severe injuries to include the loss of his right leg and numerous fingers, near total destruction of his right arm, multiple severe lacerations and hearing loss. Jesse is the recipient of 11 combat awards and citations including two Purple Hearts. During Christmas week 2012, Jesse and his family were surprised with a TSF 100% debt-free, mortgage-free, ADA compliant “Home for the Holidays” in Greater Houston.
“We are so very proud of Jesse and his positive outlook on life, his pay it forward attitude and the fact that he continues his service to others through his work at the Houston Police Department. The Texas Sentinels Foundation family holds Jesse Medina up as an example of our TSF assistance in helping build new lives for combat wounded veterans through awarding homes and TSF Life Scholarships, thereby putting our veterans on a path to success.” commented Richard Filip, Co-Founder of the Texas Sentinels Foundation. “Our donors, sponsors and Jesse’s home team should take great pride in knowing they had a hand in his success by creating the foundation in which Jesse was able to flourish. This is exactly why we created the Texas Sentinels Foundation.” clarified Jeanne Filip, TSF Co-Founder.
The Texas Sentinels Foundations wishes to express our profound gratitude and thankfulness to Bill and Elizabeth Hudson, Hudson Longhorns, who donated Casanova’s Ginger at the Fort Worth Stockyards Longhorn Auction to benefit the numerous combat wounded veterans of The Texas Sentinels Foundation. More than $42,000 was raised to help build new lives for our combat wounded military veterans in the state of Texas.
“Some people just throw a yellow ribbon bumper sticker on their car, others, like the Hudson’s, go way above and beyond that and put meaningful actions behind their words. To say they are a blessing would be an understatement. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Hudson and all those that made bids for your incredible generosity that’ll no doubt lead to changed lives.” commented Marine SSGT Charles Lauersdorf.
Thank you to the following bidders and supporters of the charity auction: Bill and Judy Meridith Dan and Tracy Jones Suzanne and Bill Torkildser Debbie Bowman Bill and Elizabeth Hudson Austin and Taylor Rohr Ursula Allen Nancy Ince Charlene Semkin Richard and Jeanne Filip