MY STORY: Corp. Todd Love

As the first episode in this project, I selected one very special to me and a great number of people in my community. One of my best friends allowed me the privilege of documenting his story. Todd Love, Corporal USMC, is a man that I admired and revered before his accident. He took time out of his busy schedule to share what happened to him while serving in Afghanistan…

Todd is truly an amazing man of character. He was recently on leave from Washington DC where he is doing his physical therapy; or as he likes to call it: a stupid gym membership. He is returning today to DC to finish up his term for the military. As long as I’ve known Todd, he has never truly been able to sit still. He was the guy in our group of friends that always pushed our dumb ideas to the next level. The man knows no fear (at least not when he’s having fun).

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I remember talking to Todd on the satellite phone a month before the accident. He was doing well and his unit rarely saw heavy action. Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call from a friend informing me that Todd was coming home; injured.

Shortly after hearing Todd was alive and well, all things considered; our group of friends started their research into getting Todd back in the game. We’ve always been into extreme sports such as rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and anything to spike the adrenaline levels. We’ve already contacted numerous companies and figured out a good portion of the logistical hurdles. Todd has the emotional and physical capacity to do whatever he puts his mind to.

As far as stories go, Todd has an amazing one to share. I believe his attitude about life speaks louder than anything else. After all that has happened, he seems in someways at peace. This change in his life has been a huge adjustment to overcome. His family and friends are having to adjust as well, and Todd has done a marvelous job of letting them. Todd is a hero to this country and to the people in his life. I am truly lucky to call him my friend.
Please pray for Todd and his family, but also pray for the men and women he served with. Whether or not you support the war, it is those men and women that make it possible for you to live the life you have. Make an effort to thank the soldiers that have and do protect this country. We are truly indebted to them.
If you want to check out the photos of Todd click HERE.
(On a side note for the people that really care: I know the audio isn’t the greatest on the video. It was shot with the Nikon D90 due to the fact its all I had at the time. Unfortunately there was a fan running that I could not turn off. The story is what counts though.)
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NOTE: This story, and the images within, are the personal story of one my dear friends. Todd has been loved on by so many since he returned home. Unfortnately it can be easy to make him an icon in the public eye. Todd allowed me to post this story, and I would ask you to be respectful of how this story is redistributed. Feel free to repost this story on Facebook, Twitter or other social media outlets, but the material within may not be distributed for commercial use. In other words: Share Todd’s story with the world, just don’t attempt to make money off it. The images are of course under copyright and may only be distributed if in connection with this story’s original source. The video may be shared separately, but please link the original page. Thank you. Cheers!
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Sorry about all the confusion on the photos link- It’s fixed.
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52 responses

  1. laura brown

    THIS IS GREAT !!!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    • jon bell

      Hey bro….love what you did for our country…and to be able to live with what happened ….and do what you want to do..should be an insperation to so many….god bless….

      July 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

  2. Todd you are amazing guy! I appreciate you serving this country and for the men and women you served with. You and your family are in my prayers.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:36 PM

  3. Absolutely amazing story, brilliant!

    May 9, 2011 at 11:34 PM

  4. Richard Ward

    What an inspiring story.GOD bless you Todd Semper Fi.

    May 9, 2011 at 11:44 PM

  5. Absolutely amazing, truly brilliant!! It was so inspiring and very moving, telling of true friendship! Loved it!

    May 9, 2011 at 11:47 PM

  6. Dad(Gary love

    Brett this is the most awesome article that has came about from Todd Thsnk you very much for this

    May 10, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    • Billy

      If you are Todd’s dad, please tell him I saw him on gator boys, and recently on band of brothers wounded warriors. His personality is so huge, you have to almost remind yourself of what he’s been through, and lost. When you see and listen to Todd, you don’t notice any of his loss. Todd, you are the true definition of Courage.

      November 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

  7. Eddy K...

    Todd God Bless you for protecting my right to live in the GREATEST COUNTRY in the World. So SORRY this happened to you. May you find some comfort in knowing that there is another person out there that will think about you in their Prayers

    May 10, 2011 at 5:25 AM

  8. Awesome.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:11 PM

  9. Karen Pitcock

    Very awesome video and love the pictures. They capture both your strength and your innocence… if that makes sense! And also your sense of humor!!! A very blessed and special soul you possess Todd, one that we can all learn from.
    Thank you for your service, your sacrifice and sharing your story. Both of my sons have followed your injury, return to the U.S. and the phenomenal rehabilitation process in amazement. What an impression you’ve made upon them and so many of us! You are more than a hero in our eyes. You stole a very special place in my heart last October and I look forward to seeing what’s next in your game plan.
    May God’s grace and continued blessings surround you always Corporal Todd Love ♥

    May 9, 2011 at 10:41 PM

  10. amazing. thank you for sharing todd’s story.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:11 AM

  11. Rachael

    Todd, you are an inspiration to us all. What an amazing story. Your strength is incredible. Prayers to you and your family.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM

  12. Kaedy Kiely

    Brett, you did a wonderful job with this. Thought the audio was fine — your editing and shots with the audio all worked perfectly together. You should be very proud of this piece from your work perspective and, especially, from the friendship angle. It is obvious you dearly love your friend, and these pictures and video are a beautiful tribute to him. Thank you for sharing it all! I’ve posted it on my fb page as a reminder to be thankful every day for brave men like Todd.

    May 11, 2011 at 7:03 AM

  13. Mindy Reed

    So inspiring. What a brave man Todd is. Nice work Brett.

    May 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

  14. TRAVIS & DEANNA DEAL

    What an awesome and amazing story, I’m so glad to know that I personally got to know you and what an inspiration you are to so many people and you are loved by so many family and friends and people all over the world…..I’m just so amazed at the progress that you’ve accomplished in so little time, you are one of our Great Hero’s of the United States and our Thoughts and prayers will all ways be with you and have been from day one…….We love you Todd and keep up the good work and just keep on shining.

    Travis n Deanna Deal
    Orlando, FL

    May 17, 2011 at 6:57 PM

  15. patricia wingate

    he such a amazing young man he my hero thanks for serving are country todd

    May 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM

  16. DW BROWN

    Todd,
    Thank you for sharing this. Have been wondering what you’re up to @ home & future plans.
    DWB E-4 (1st Marines, ’57-59)

    May 21, 2011 at 12:31 AM

  17. ethan phillips

    hey todd wats up man great story man hate to hear it from u but you strong man yal need to holla at me some time

    May 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

  18. Maj Paul Ovalle

    God Bless you Warrior! It’s an honor to serve our great country alongside truly remarkable Americans such as you Cpl Love.

    December 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM

  19. Tricia Rainey

    You… are … my …. hero :) Thank you for being you.

    February 7, 2012 at 1:13 AM

  20. Eris Smits

    Todd, words cannot express how I feel BUT I know one thing….you are a true HERO and a very brave young man! Thank you for all you and your fellow soldiers do for us and may God Bless You always. I will pray for you and your family always! You are a true inspiration!

    May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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  29. Valverde

    Dude… Your a STUD!!! An inspiration to many. Your a true hero an icon of what it is not to give up! May God Bless you and always guide you and keep your head up…. am truly at a loss for words you are just the MAN…. Continue, never give up…. teach others that there is always a silver lining even in the darkest cloud

    August 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM

  30. Laura Hogan

    What an awesome and inspiring young man. He is just the epitome of American courage and resilience. I salute and commend you Todd, and thank you, your family and comrades for your service and your sacrifice. If we had more young men and women like you the world would be a much better place.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

  31. Spc. Joshua Merritt

    My son just showed me this and I know you hear alot about how proud everyone is an everything people say, and trust me no matter who we are, civilian or military we are proud of your perseverance, but I just wanted to say one thing. I am an Iraq and Afghan combat vet in the Army and your strength is a motivation that I have found for myself. Your family, friends and battle buddies/Devil Dogs are privileged to know such and awesome American! I’m humbled by your brother and no matter what even if you ever feel down and need an ear to talk to, Ill be there for you! Alot of us who have dealt with things sometimes just need a similar ear to talk to. God bless and Semper FI! And remember always keep your thoughts and your head up!

    August 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

  32. Danny Brennan

    One of those people who you can look at and words have no meaning. This man could have went into a slump and hated everything, but instead rose up and is still kicking ass out there. Dont give up brother, Semper Fi

    August 28, 2012 at 8:47 PM

  33. liz Amelio

    God Bless you Todd Love! I honor you!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:38 AM

  34. Steve Barkley

    Todd, you are an amazing young man and you are destined to make a difference in the lives of all you touch. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Godd bless and be well.

    September 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM

  35. Lupe Llinet

    Thank you Corporal USMC Todd Love for being such an inspiration to the entire world…you have face life head on and nothing in this life is an obstacles to you as long as you have determination and the courage. Life may bring changes to the physical being of a human being but the enemy cannot win over your heart… Thank you and I salute you.. Semper FI

    September 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

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  37. otto

    god bless you, todd … stay tuned and keep on … we all love you

    September 18, 2012 at 7:31 AM

  38. Wow. That’s all I can say about this. What a tremendous inspiration.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

  39. Ej

    Todd love all i say to you is god bless you , you gave up your self to protect others . Your hero . Your life and what happened to you should be a wake up call for us that we should be thankful for our health and having
    STRONG SOLDER like you
    TODD LOVE we all love you and may god be with you

    September 21, 2012 at 3:12 AM

  40. Marilyn Frese

    Todd Love… you are an inspiration to all who struggle with physical disabilities! You are blessed with a spirit the likes of which is rarely seen. God has chosen you to be that special inspitation to the whole country. What you have overcome in your short life is amazing. God bless you and keep your spirit soaring. I am going to forward your story to my whole facebook. You are such a special man… with a gift that just keeps on giving.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

  41. Tundra Lee

    May you go from strength to strength. I love your humour, honesty and contentment. I wish for you the girl of your dreams, a good marriage, kids and family life. You deserve to live the American dream.

    November 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

  42. Mike Solesbee

    Words cannot describe the gratitude for you soldiers who put so much on the line each day, for the freedom and safety of others, God bless you!

    November 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

  43. Randy

    Todd Semper Fi. my brother your strength is why we have our Corps. For brothers like you is why I became a Marine. God Bless

    January 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

  44. Ellin

    Dear Corp. Love,

    You are an inspiration to all Americans and all humans.

    Love to you,

    Ellin

    February 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

  45. abimcgraw

    Hey, guys. Thanks so much for posting! I first heard of Corporal Todd through my brother showing me the video of him wrestling the ‘gators. I must admit, I at first thought this guy was completely crazy! I was like, “why would someone so severely injured want to even get close to a ‘gator?!” Then, it clicked. Not only is this guy, Todd, a Marine,(that explains a lot, my bro.-in-law is an ex-marine) this guy must want to show the world, that, “Hey, even though I may be severely injured, I am still strong, and I am worth so much”. Thanks, Corp. Todd, for allowing your friend here, Brett, to post your story. Means a lot, guys. Thanks for serving, love and prayers,
    Abi

    May 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

  46. Your a brave young man Todd and your laugh is contagious much like my youngest sons, you would make any mother proud. Not just for the service and sacrifice you gave in Afghanistan but for your approach to life since you came back you’re a true warrior with honor, strength and compassion in your soul. May the great Spirit continue to guide your steps.

    October 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

  47. Daniel e. Reynolds111

    Tod my outfit the 7th & 13th Artillery Of Vietnam Met a Great Hero Marine at the wall in washington He was a triple amputee who we all huged we have this reunion every 2nd week of october.this hero came down to see us .He is very special to us since we met him in oct.2011.Next Year Tenesee back to chatanooga . This Wonderful Young man Looks a lot like you . well our outfit wants to reunite with him but have not been able to make contact let me know if you are or possibly know who. I wore a special leater vest with stuff i did or like on it & I huged this Marine Twice Well God Bless You .Your Also Very Special to Me Because Your The Kind Of hero Our country Needs & what keeps it strong.

    December 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

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  49. jeremy

    How can I get in touch with Todd Love? I have a TV appearance opportunity for him. Thanks!

    May 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

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