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).
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.)
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!
Sorry about all the confusion on the photos link- It’s fixed.