Mike Huckabee News

May 26 2014

Real Heroes

This Memorial Day I urge you to do more than enjoy a picnic, a barbecue, or a day at the beach or the lake. Thank God for your freedom and for the men and women in uniform who provided it. I have a good friend, Martha Cothren, a social studies teacher at Joe T. Robinson High School, in Little Rock. Her father was a WWII POW, and she is a true patriot. On the first day of school in 2005, Martha wanted to give her students a lesson on freedom they wouldn’t forget. With the permission of her principal, she removed the desks from her classroom. When the students came for first period and asked where their desks were, Martha told them they would get a desk when they could tell her how to earn one. Students suggested good grades, or good behavior, but Martha told them while those were important, it wouldn’t earn them a desk. As each period came and went, students were stumped as to how to earn a desk and word spread across campus about the teacher who had lost her mind and taken the desks out. Students called their parents, some called the media and local television crews showed up to find out what was going on. At the last period of the school day, when no student had correctly answered how to earn a desk, Martha Cothren went to the classroom door and opened it, and welcomed a parade of veterans who walked in carrying school desks. As they brought in the desks and lined them in rows, Martha told them, “Kids, you don’t have to earn your desks; these guys already did.” I salute great teachers and patriots across our land who honor our veterans. And most of all, I salute our veterans, who earned me more than a school desk. They earned me my freedom. To them, I say thanks. And God bless you!

Comments 1-5 of 5

  • Donna Stratton

    07/02/2014 01:41 PM

    I do salute the men and women that have served are serving or will serve in the future but the ones that served in the past that are now going to the VA are having such trouble my father a vet during the vietnam era had to be taken to the hospital in december and i took him to the closest one and they took him up to the VA hosptial why is it now 6 almmost 7 months later the va or medicare has not paid one dime on the care given to my father at the other hosptial or the ambulance ride there where do i need to go to get help with this or what can i do??? this is so wrong this man is on a fixed income and yet they expect him to pay for it all....then what were his years of service to our country for????.....a desperate daughter looking for help for her father thank you so much for your time

  • wayne swaylik

    06/09/2014 10:30 AM

    Elmer Davis, Office of War Information (1942 to 1945) wrote: "THIS WILL REMAIN THE LAND OF THE FREE ONLY SO LONG AS IT IS THE HOME OF THE BRAVE".

    Mr. Davis would roll over in his grave if he could see the cowards in we have in Congress who let Obama (The Fuhrer) do anything he wants, whenever he wants and the whomever he wants without Congress. He has made Congress a NON-Entity.

    All I hear from Congress and all news medias is TALK, TALK, TALK and no action. (COWARDS).

    I am 72 years old, Retired and a Vet. (PROVE ME WRONG)

  • Bob Dov Silverman

    06/09/2014 04:05 AM

    Why did President Obama make the unequal trade of Sgt. Bergdahl for five top Taliban terrorists?
    ANSWER: “He wanted to take the press and public’s attention away from the Veterans scandal by freeing an American veteran.”
    It backfired. But the President is a nimble politician. He is making lemonade from the fruit of his efforts. Since the Bergdahl incident nothing has been said of the Veterans’ scandal. The White House is taking flak for one deserter while hundreds of thousands of men and women who served their country well,
    are forgotten. Please address the important issue. Bob Dov Silverman ex-Marine Sgt. Israel

  • John Wright

    05/27/2014 02:48 PM

    No one, soldier or other, have any hope when those dearest to him or her betray him or her or do not communicate or want to be with him or her - self destruction, anger and revenge or forgiveness is all that is available. Jesus Christ temporarily went through a similar experience when He said, "Forgive them father for they know not what they do."

    Forgiveness is the only answer to regain mental-spiritual power to keep one’s sanity, sobriety, peace and usefulness.

    The forgiveness process is easier than expected and can be quickly advanced if the returning vet is encouraged to protect and help others at home with the same motivation he or she had when they enlisted and served. Joining other vets with similar missions of aid for others will complete the thirst for valued comrades.

  • Lesley Walsh

    05/26/2014 08:28 AM

    Thank you for the beautiful article "Real Heroes!" It was heartwarming. I just made a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project and it is such a great feeling to help our troops, past and present! Any time I see a present member of our armed forces or a veteran, I go up to them and thank them for their service. They are so worthy of our appreciation and our thanks!! I thank you for caring so much for them and for our country!!