Who had a tremendous impact on me during my recovery at Walter Reed.
Chris was always a welcome guest in our room, either in the Malone House or in the hospital ward. He was a laugh riot. His humor and wit were infectious, and provided me and Carren with MANY much needed chuckles.
The funny thing is, I (or I should say, WE) had as much impact on him as he did on us.
A few months after leaving WRAMC, Chris up and joined the army, went to OCS, and is now a serving officer in Iraq. He claims it was because of his contact with me that he was driven to join the fight. Although humbled, I think it has more to do with him being a stellar human being than anything I said or did (I was stoned 24/7, after all.)
I couldn't be more proud.
For your part, I wan't y'all to send him a note, a card, a care package--anything you can, to tell him that you appreciate his service.
If you want to do this, just send an email to with "where do I send it?" in the subject, and I'll shoot you his address.