Chivers, this is the story of Taylor Morris (22 Photos)

This is the story of Taylor Morris, a 23 year-old Navy EOD tech:

Taylor Morris learned at an early age he was hooked on the outdoors, adventurous, the middle of 4 children and always the last one inside for dinner at his home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. His mother Juli recalled, "Our family took a camping trip from Niagra Falls down the East Coast one summer. Taylor set up the tents every night, started the fires, cooked the meals. Taylor was only 8 years old." As Taylor grew older and took to extreme water sports and rock climbing, Taylor discovered he was also very calm under extreme pressure. This quality would later make him the perfect candidate for the Navy's EOD, Explosive Ordinance Disposal.

Explosive ordinance disposal specialists were made famous in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. They are the preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. Nicknamed 'The Shield', OED specialists always lead, the first to put themselves in harm's way to tackle unexploded ordinance and IED's.

Less than one month ago near the Kandahar province in Afghanistan, Taylor was doing his job, right out in front.

Leading a team of Army Special forces to a classified location, Taylor stepped on an IED. It exploded underneath him and blew off all four of his limbs. Taylor recalled the moment to me over the phone,

"As soon as I stepped on it, I knew. There was a moment, then I heard the blast. I felt the heat. I knew I had lost my legs. As I summersaulted through the air, I watched my legs fly off."

Taylor landed back in the blast crater. This is where the story of Taylor's bravery goes next-level.

After the explosion, Taylor didn't lose consciousness, he didn't go into shock. His thoughts immediately crystalized. Even though Taylor was bleeding to death, he called to the oncoming medics NOT to come get him, putting their safety in front of his own life.

"I recounted the moment of the explosion. There was no visual on the mine and no sound ID on my mine detector. That told me the mine was old. If there were other mines out there, the medics wouldn't see them or detect them unless it was cleared properly. I knew I had arterial bleeding from all 4 limbs and I was bleeding out fast. I told my buddies to stop, it would only have hurt me more if somebody stepped on another one."

The area around Taylor was finally cleared by the second EOD and the medic finally administered combat casualty care. Taylor remained conscious through the ordeal.

Three days later on May 6th Taylor landed back in the States and was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Washington D.C. to begin the long and painful rehab process. Upon his arrival, Taylor became only the 5th person at Walter Reed to ever survive a four limb amputation. His physical progression in the last three weeks has defied everybody's expectations, "My body is responding well. I'm already sitting up. I'm very fortunate." Just yesterday, the stitches in his arms were removed and he was fitted for prosthetics.

I asked Taylor if he's been given a time frame to return home to Iowa.

"Nobody really wants to give me a time frame, I understand that. The doctors here are amazing but I don't know when I'll go home. I've got goals though, personal goals, and I intend on achieving them."

As our conversation drew to an end I asked Taylor if he needed anything medically, "No, I'm fully covered by the Navy for my medical needs." I asked, "Ok, Taylor, if you could have anything in the world, what would it be?"

Taylor paused and finally spoke,

"I've always dreamed of having a log cabin in the woods on a lake. A traditional wood cabin on the outside with a modern interior. And good lighting. Good lighting is important. My girlfriend Danielle and I, we live simple lives but we've always loved being active, spending time outside with our families."

I asked Taylor's girlfriend Danielle about this dream cabin. She said, "Taylor and I are both savers, and we had been working our butts off to ensure we'd have a cabin, close to water to do water sports, and places we can hike. After what happened, we will not abandon that dream if it takes years of saving."

After I thanked Taylor for the zillionth time for his service, I hung up the phone and sat in silence recalling our conversation. I was so nervous when we first started chatting but somehow Taylor sets you at ease. He made it ok to ask hard questions about the explosion that nearly killed him and his painful rehab. I recalled something his mother had told me over the phone, "Taylor has a certain humility about his pain, it comforts you."

I knew I had just spoken to a hero, not the movie kind either, a real one. And I think he deserves a hero's homecoming. Taylor hesitated to tell me his own timeline to return home, that hope belongs to him alone, but I believe when he does return home at the end of this long journey, HOME should be to a place he's always dreamed about.

When Taylor returns, I want theCHIVERS to have provided the down payment on his dream cabin. We have the best community on the internet and I'm setting the goal at $30,000. But we all know about your endearing tradition of smashing goals. Let's help build Taylor his cabin, a place where he and his family can relax for generations to come.

Taylor's family has set up a website, TaylorMorris.org, to educate people about his life and his injuries. They've set up a donations page. Paypal and Credit Cards are accepted right here.

Even if you donate a dollar you're making a huge difference. There are millions of Chivers and if you give just a little, your dollar will go farther than you'll ever imagine in this moment right now.

UPDATE #1: I can't believe this but after 45 minutes, Taylor's story is going viral. The total raised already is $27,814.00. Unreal.

Update #2: 12:15 PM PST: $36,442. Goal exceeded! The family told me the donations appear to be coming in even faster right now.

Update #3: 12:35 PST: $48,170

Update #4: After crossing the $50,000 mark I spoke to Taylor, Danielle, and the Morris family. They are gathered around the computer in disbelief. Taylor said, "I had no expectations for this, John, I can't believe this is happening. Please thank all the Chivers for me from the bottom of my heart."

Update #5: $60,000

Update #6: $70,000

Update #7: 2:20 PST $80,000

Update #8: 3:20 PST $95,000. Let's do this, Chivers!

Super-Awesome Update: We just hit $100,000 in 4 hours and the donations show no sign of stopping.

Update #10: 5:30 PST $115,265 UPDATE #11 (5 minutes later): $120,000


Late Night Update
: I'll continue these updates first thing in the morning. Even late into the night the donations continue to surge. We've hit $143,000. You've exceeded the initial goal by over $100,000. Words escape me.

Update #11: 8:00 am PST $177,641

Update #12: 1:30 PST $196,000 - The final push to $200k

Update #13: $200,000!!!

Update #14:$210,000

Update #14. Saturday 10:00 am PST $230,000

$250,000!!!

Donate right here.

If you feel like mailing a check, a $5 bill, or even a letter of encouragement:

Sid and Alvira Morris
5026 Sage Rd
Cedar Falls, IA  50613

I’ll be bringing you updates every hour on the donation amounts as they come in so check back.

I know Taylor is reading this, theCHIVERS will be making a company donation of $1,000 as well as personal donations to get this started. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Chivers, you know what to do.

UPDATE #1: $27,814.00 in less than 45 minutes. Chivers, this is amazing.

Update #2: 12:15 PM PST: $36,442 Goal exceeded! The family told me the donations appear to be coming in even faster right now.

Update #3: 12:35 PST: $48,170

Update #4: After crossing the $50,000 mark I spoke to Taylor, Danielle, and the Morris family. They are gathered around the computer in disbelief. Taylor said, “I had no expectations for this, John, I can’t believe this is happening. Please thank all the Chivers for me from the bottom of my heart.”

Update #5: 1:40 PST: $60,000

Update #6: 2:00 PST: $70,000

Update #7: 2:20 PST $80,000

Update #8: 3:20 PST $95,000. Let’s do this, Chivers!

Super-Awesome Update: We just hit $100,000 in 4 hours and the donations show no sign of stopping.

Update #10: 5:30 PST $115,265, UPDATE #11 (5 minutes later): $120,000


Late Night Update
: I’ll continue these updates first thing in the morning. Even late into the night the donations continue to surge. We’ve hit $143,000. You’ve exceeded the initial goal by over $100,000. Words escape me.

Update #11: 8:00 am PST $177,641

Update #12: 1:30 PST $196,000 – The final push to $200k

Update #13: $200,000!!!

Update #14:$210,000

Update #14. Saturday 10:00 am PST $230,000

$250,000!!!

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  • why

    Can't even imagine how hard it would be.

    • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

      Taylor: "I'm very fortunate."
      No, Taylor, we all are because brave men & women like you step up every single day.

      The next time some bozo comes in here hootin' & hollerin' about the the Chive copying from other sites, I hope they choke on this post.

      • HatBomb

        Love this comment.

    • staystrong

      Agreed-It has to be life changing-and I hope that he will ALWAYS remember that God couldve taken him that day but it was not his time ..xoxo stay strong!

  • Josh

    You're one bad ass mother fucker! I only wish to have half the courage and strength that you do! Thank you for your service. Your family and friends must be proud to know you. You bring tears to my eyes. I wish you well in your recovery and future. KCCO my friend. Sorry for your story but thank you for sharing.

    • BDR529

      Well said Josh!

    • Billie

      This could have been stated without the profanity…..

      • huggers

        Who. Cares.

  • Wilson

    #13, #16

    I'm not crying, I just have a piece of lumber caught in my eye.

    Amazing story, thank you for your service, Taylor. Donating.

    • BOCO_Kid

      Yeah it's lumber…somehow I got some of that in my eye too…Donated. Get well soon Taylor. God speed.

      • Don't Tase Me Bro

        I just reenlisted for 6 more years an seeing the way Chivers have reacted to this just made those years worth every minute.

        • Guest

          Update #6: $70,000 So Far Well Done Everyone =))

          • Dancing Can

            the taylor morris webpage should be on the best links on the internet page until this cabin is paid for in full.

      • ColaChiver

        MOOOOAAAARRR!!!!!!

      • iliketoplay

        It is good to see that John uses his power for good. An honorable man in this screwed up world, is a privledge all of us need to respect. KCCO

        -play

      • Bud

        UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!

    • HatBomb

      It must be raining splinters today, I think I got a 2×4 stuck in my cornea. Donating.

    • Patriot

      Read this while listening to the theme from Crimson Tide on Spotify. Got extra lumber in eyes.

    • Ali Ackbah

      come on dude, really?

      • raw

        ya dude, really.

        • Ali Ackbah

          Knob

          • kim

            ninja onions. donated.

    • Woody

      got a redwood in my eye….Taylor, your story make my alcoholism look easy as pie.

    • Felcus

      It's raining lumber.

    • @BuckeyeEmpire

      THIS, THIS is why we love theCHIVE. My faith in humanity gets restored every-so-often by the people on here

      • Micks

        indeed faith in humanity restored Chive Style. Donating.

      • freshfraser

        Exactly, the chive community is just amazing

    • Pedro

      Chive On Taylor. We are grateful to you for your serivce. God bless you and your family.
      KCCO

    • mike

      Holy shit I've never had a cold come on so quickly! Out of nowhere I got the sniffles. my eyes got all red and puffy. that was weird. anyway…this man is courage and strength personified…and his story makes me cringe at how much of a girl i am by comparison. chive on brother…i wish nothing but the best for you and yours.

      • Mark

        Must be going around cause I am suddenly sick too……..

    • pickleman77

      Awesome. Donated. Peace!

    • Come At Me Bro

      Donated. Chive On.

    • Chivette11

      I've never been more proud to be a Chivette.
      God I love this site.
      KCCO Taylor!

      • Chivette11

        PS: Maybe it's time to put a ring on it? ;]

        • Trolliver

          LOL!

        • Bfm

          Come on. That comment is just shit. They have their own lives and timeline and issues. He is awesome and she is amazing to stick by his side. This is more than a wedding ring………

          • Chivette11

            Whoa man, I'm a wife so I know all about the "so when you gonna get hitched?!" pressure. It was a light hearted elbow jab. Seriously, it's ok.
            KCCO?

    • Patriot

      Already over 41k. I think we should shoot for the moon, pay for the entire thing and then organize some kind of meet up to do some of the work or something. Extreme Makeover-style.

      • J_Dub

        Agreed!
        I gladly donated $ and would be honored to donate my time to assist this hero any way I could.

      • Salt

        How can you tell the updated totals?

        • Patriot

          John has been updating them above, also updating on the Facebook page "Taylor Morris Community Support".

      • Tulsa Chiver

        I'm down.

      • http://twitter.com/nolaArden @nolaArden

        I'm in for that! I'd fly from New Orleans for a little home building on a Day's notice

    • Nick

      Donate and vote Ron Paul so there are less stories like this.

      • Felcus

        Not sure why people are thumbing this down. Ron Paul = no war.

        • Si1entStatic

          Bitch please, No president will be immune from war. The Men and women in our military are doing everything they can to keep us safe. I'd rather take the fight to the terrorists on their turf than let some terrorist plan and carry out another 9/11or worse. Voting for a person who guarantee's no war is like sticking our chin out waiting for the terrorist to take the first shot. I'd like to avoid another war just as much as the next guy but not if means undoing everything they have fought for already…..

          Political rant over, now to get this lumber out of my eyes before I let co-workers see me……

          • Nick

            Right, they attack us because we're free, not because we're invading their country. Look up the definition of "blowback." Support the military by bringing them home to their families. There is no longer a moral imperative for this war, if there ever was one. At least elect someone who is reluctant to go to war, not someone guaranteeing it or advocating for it.

        • Nick

          I was thinking the same thing. Wake up Chivers, it doesn't have to be this way.

          • Paul

            I dont give a shit if you follow politics or not or if you support ron paul or not. Watch this video FOR taylor and for all active military and see if your opinion on our presence overseas doesnt change at least a little bit.


            • Jason Cooley

              hey Pauline …go suck off some other bleeding heart liberal …if you dont support our military or our government ….than please feel free to leave the country until than do not diminish the burden this man and his family sacrifices on you behalf …..

      • VertigoElation

        Shut the fuck up. We in the military don't give a shit about politics. We just want to keep our country safe and earn an honest living doing it.

    • JustSuper77

      Donated! Good luck Taylor and Danielle. I will be keeping you in my prayers! 🙂

    • Tulsa Chiver

      Its raining lumber in Tulsa too. Chive On Sir. I will most certainly be donating. This man is a hero.

      • TuSig1165

        Strange, I saw flying lumber on my side of Tulsa as well…How Strange. Keep donating and KCCO!

      • ouchie

        It's comin down up here in Owasso too. Donating. Now.

        • Tony

          Lumber storm has spread up here to Bartlesville. chive on, guys.

      • Edmund

        The lumber seems to be coming down in Birmingham, AL too. Sending in my donation too. KCCO

    • Blue bronco

      Proud to be an Iowan, American, Chiver.
      He lives 2 hours from me. I will bring some construction buddies and get it built right.

      God Bless America!!!

    • MaltaBear

      I truly love the chive community man

    • NebraskaGuy

      I know what you mean – this man's story touches all of us because he nearly gave his life for all of us. KCCO Taylor!

      Amazing what the Chivers are doing – more than $60K as of the last update!!!

      (damned lumber!)

    • ColaChiver

      Everyone post to your facebooks, to the message boards of your favorite college team. Wherever!!!!

    • 6_Crack_rocks
    • Paul c

      We up here in Canada praise you, unreal story!! Good luck with the recovery

    • meh

      I just informed CNN about the story with a link to the Facebook page. I work there… hopefully they'll pick this up and run with it.

      • SheBItes

        It's sad that CNN doesn't carry this as their COVER STORY, but instead would rather display the debauchery of a fucking corrupt politician!

    • JohnD

      Deep Stuff BRO! KCCO THANKS ALOT FOR YOUR SERVICE!

    • Canada

      I'm Canadian and I donated… Can't wait to see the final total, the chive community is amazing, and so are guys like Taylor. KCCO!

    • bdc

      Thank you Taylor. +$10

    • Common Sense

      No Kidding, proud to be a chiver and someone in uniform after read this

    • Jerry

      Thank God I'm just crying and I didn't get lumber in my eyes. KCCO Taylor.

    • Scuba Steve

      I must have gotten a splinter of that, and it convinced me to donate as well 😀

    • Yesss MAn

      Guess he wont have his hands in the cookie jar anytime soon

      • Dancing Can

        dick

      • https://www.facebook.com/RedRockinMonkeyBoy Pete Miles

        You disgusting douche-nozzle. Get in your car and accelerate quickly…in to a brick wall. If you're still alive after that, repeat, as needed until you're not.

    • Grant

      Im not even an american and i have a piece of lumber caught in my eye as well. SF FTW!!!!!!

    • sc_greb

      Can't thank you enough, Taylor … you're everything we stand for – so proud to be an American right now … KCCO sir!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679975130 Jeremy Holcomb

      this man makes me proud to serve

    • CanadianBroad

      No, no, no – I am NOT crying either. Ragweed pollen storm. Yeah, that's it, that's the ticket …

      (sniffle) Okay, maybe just a little crying.

      #12 – those incredible eyes. So tired, so sad …

    • Rob

      Hells yeah! $230k and counting!

    • Rob

      We need an update!

  • Miles Brooks

    #13, #1

    One of the most touching stories I've ever read. $20 headed your way, Taylor. KCCO.

    • SweetAwesomeness

      fucking celebs get all kinds of attention in the media, while our heroes barely get an article in a local newspaper. why is this not front page news on yahoo or AOL? Thank you Chive for teaching us about the people that matter most in life, those who sacrifice and put their lives on the line for others they have never met. I honor and salute this man. Keep fighting and stay strong. KCCO

      • jhardesty

        So sad and true. Our kids should be looking up to these heroes, their sacrifice and bravery, not celebs and their 15th dui/divorce. Says a lot about our country unfortunately. I find it horrible that the chive is the only place I heard anything about Taylor [but also makes me love chive even more].

    • thom

      I just posted this to Facebook after making my own donation:

      If anyone has a minute to read about and maybe help a real American hero, please consider this man. http://thechive.com/2012/05/31/chivers-this-is-th
      Here is more about him and a place to make a donation if you feel like doing so: http://taylormorris.org/

    • Levian

      I work in a prosthetic facility and unfortunately his story isn't as uncommon as you would think, but his heroism definitely is something to be praised. What a tragedy, happening to a young man in his prime, but he has the most positive attitude towards his amputation I've ever seen.

      $20 headed your way, no hesitation

    • Question_Mark_

      $20 for a hero!

      KCCO Bud.

    • Shawn

      You sir, are a true American hero. Thank you for your service. Chive on from Wyoming! $20 headin your way! KCCO

    • Underbaker

      Down Payment? Pishaw! Looks like Chive is going to get you the whole thing free and clear. KCCO and God Bless

    • Matthew 6:2

      Matthew 6:2 Read It!!!!
      "When you give to someone in need, don't do as the hypocrites do–blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get."

      • DaveS

        YES! I thought this every time I read a comment saying I sent X amount or donation on its way. If you're truly giving only to help this man, you don't need to share it with the world. The good deed is reward enough

    • kblaze

      did the same!

  • JLC

    Lived across the street from this family when I was a kid. Awesome people. Stay strong.

    • Blue bronco

      Proud to be an Iowan!

    • Habsy

      Up to 60 g's already……Way to go chiver's you all rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • red

      I think Chive should send him a BMF wallet – this guy is amazing.

      • Habsy

        I think BMF should be his butler for a week. Now how cool would that be?

    • Slauterhause

      When hurt of this magnitude happens to a fellow American, and a fellow Chiver, it effects us all on this community. We all feel your pain, and I hope that helps you a little. Donation incoming, but I expect a beer and a story sometime.

  • Lawrence

    What a champ

  • Iowa born

    #14, #16

    Proud to be an American, Damn proud to be a Chiver

    • JohnMcClane_

      Ditto. Donating.

      From another Big 10 Chiver: Thank you for your service Taylor. Your sacrifice is unparalleled.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ADHDavenger13?feature=mhsn Firefighter23

      I'm going have the fire co Chaplain say a prayer for Taylor at our next meeting. He's got the support of The East Petersburg Fire Company.

    • HatBomb

      Talk about proud to be Chiver. Its growing at a rate of $10k every twenty minutes. The Chivers are about to nail a six digit afternoon of giving. Truly amazing. KCCO.

    • jakeofhearts

      Indeed. I hope we can raise enough for the whole cabin!

  • Claire

    #17, #19

    donated. theCHIVE effect is going to exceed the goal quickly methinks. Let's just build the entire cabin 🙂

    • HatBomb

      Me thinks you are spot on there, one log cabin, with modern interior and good lighting, coming right up!

    • JLBugbee

      Hell Yeah I'll drive across country, take a week off work, and donate my heart and soul to help with that Idea. also I am a roofing and general contractor….

      • Felcus

        I'm a drafter by trade and would be happy to donate my time to help create some plans for this thing.

      • http://twitter.com/JustinYnolds @JustinYnolds

        I'm a roofing contractor too. Count me in. I'm just down the road I-80 East in Kalamazoo MI.

      • MattKL

        I'm not a contractor, but I can hammer in a nail and work a saw. Would be happy to donate some time to help this kickass serviceman.

    • HatBomb

      $30k? From Chivers to an American hero? Give us 45 minutes… Boom, handled! I love it.

      • Tjw

        I know I'm like damn, leave it to all the Chivers to help with a american hero. Get well Taylor.
        KCCO

    • Telemark

      Agreed. I like how you think.

    • JonnySacks

      God Bless you! CHIVE ON BROTHER!

    • Felcus

      $600 per minute average from 12:15-12:35. Not bad Chive. Not bad.

    • saltygary

      Yea eff the down payment lets get the whole goddamn house plus equipment to help get him around the house easier. This can easily get done.

      • saltygary

        The wife and I gave $50 CMON Chiver, we are going to build this friggen thing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1170199487 Teri Lyn McKenna

      I am with you! Lets build the whole thing! God Bless you Taylor! This is incredible!

    • Bridgette

      I completely agree… let's get him a whole NEW home to return Home to!!!

  • Aaron.

    i went to high school with this amazing person, one of the nicest people i have ever met. thank you for your service and your sacrifices you have made for this country bro you are a true hero.

    • former marine

      I wish I lived in a world where war profiteers and corrupt politicians would hang for sending people like this man into combat so they're constituents can turn a profit. It's the absolute, dirty disgusting truth folks. They want all war, all the time and it needs to stop. Thumb me down, I couldn't give a fuck, it's true-

      • jas

        when you post stuff like this you thumbed down or the administrator takes down the comment. when thats the case you have to wonder.

      • thatguy

        I wish I lived in a world where fools like you kept their mouth's shut. You infer that this brave man, and the millions of others who do what he does are ignorant pawns being manipulated into the service of others. The TRUTH is that these people are brave and selfless and full of passion and purpose. That is why they choose to serve.

        • boll

          a lot of people do it because its theyre best shot at decent employment and your allowed to realize that politicians have us in rediculous wars solely for their own profit without taking anything away from the soldiers themselves

          • boll

            and im glad this guys getting some help because he seems like one of the good guys but lets not forget the thousands of other injured soldiers who came home to nothing and didnt get mass donations to build their dream house

        • j22

          Are you saying that politicians only have noble reasons for starting wars?

        • former marine

          on the contrary, I'm outraged that brave men like Morris are sent into combat by our corrupt government. You would realize that if you actually read my comment. On second thought, you wouldn't because you've never served, never been in a war zone and never taken the time to educate yourself about why we've been in active war zones now for the last 12 years with no viable outcome except wounded warriors and a shit ton of debt. Go fuck yourself you ignorant twat-

          • AllHailFormerMarine!

            That's incredible that you know so much about world politics and what's really going on behind the scenes. It takes the President of the richest country in the world and the entire Congress utilizing uncountable agencies and other countries to make these kind of decisions. Well played! You should run for Emperor!

            • asdasd

              Dude, it's not hard to see what former marine is talking about. It's in black and white on the page, but people refuse to see it. To quote my favorite book:

              "People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People's heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool."

              ~Excerpt from "Wizard's First Rule" by Terry Goodkind

              Anytime politics or religion is brought up(mostly politics), I see this truth demonstrated time and time again.

      • Former 2ID Soldier

        Nothing says "I have a valid point" like ranting at inappropriate times. Now go back to your shanty. I got a $20 coming your way Taylor!!

        • I agree

          when is it appropriate? You pathetic coward-

      • Chim Richels

        I know plenty of people who have served (my dad included), and none of them refer to themselves as 'ex-marines'

        • former marine

          You know people? Your dad? Well look out folks we have a badass over here! I am a former marine (I know the old saying there are no ex-marines, heard it a million times) and I'm just being honest about not being on active duty or able to fit into dress blues anymore. I stand by my comment, this country has reached a whole new level of corruption and people like Morris have paid dearly. You on the other hand never had the balls to sign up and sound like a complete pussy, unlike your pops-

          • Kristi

            This convo just makes me sad. Please stop. You are ruining my optimism and faith in the world & humanity

            • stfu

              awww, did the little baby just get her cherry popped? Grow up and face facts-

          • thatguy

            Well clearly you MUST have the higher moral and intellectual ground because you called those who oppose you twats and pussies. Oh and also because you are a former marine (although your attitude suggests that title is derived from your days playing call of duty). However this flame war is as unfit for this thread honoring and supporting a brave marine as it would seem you are to share that title so i will recuse myself from it.

            • semper fi and out

              You little bitch, you accused me of saying that marines/soldiers are pawns, but what I ACTUALLY SAID was politicians who send these brave people into to the combat zone for their own profit should hang. These aren't wars "defending" our nation, they're not "keeping us safe" and if you think otherwise you're part of the problem and not the solution. This man and many others like him shouldn't have lost limbs, but all you can do is say "thanks" and be on your merry way? ENOUGH OF THE FUCKIN ENDLESS WARS ALREADY YOU CORRUPT BASTARDS!

              • Dr. Chim Ritchels

                Hey will all of you dumb asshats shut up?! No one values your opinion on the internet and you just look like idiots arguing about it on a page dedicated to helping a brave man.

              • abbymichel

                I see nothing wrong with what you said. Apparently people have a hard time reading, or they twist it into something that makes them get their panties in a wad. Get over it people, he never said they were pawns, he simply stated that the politicians that send these men overseas for their own personal gain, should be hanged. That's it. Nothing more.

  • The Bacon Chronicles

    My god:(

    I get paid on Friday – I'm bookmarking this. KCCO – I know we'll do this!

    • KyleGamgee

      Same. I'm poor, but I can give $1. (tomorrow)

      • The Bacon Chronicles

        I feel ya – $1 is better than nothing and there are a lot of us. Those ones will add up:)

        • mrjimmyos

          I get paid on friday aswell, time to bookmark, FOR FRIDAY! 😀

        • TIM

          It is not how much you give but the fact that you care rnough to give something. All it takes is 100,000 people to give a dollar and this cabin is on its way to being paid for 100%!

        • Bumble

          If everyone gave just one dollar….

    • HatBomb

      By then you'll be helping out in the six figure range, ain't nothing wrong with that!

  • TLane21

    Keep calm and get healthy! Everyone donate to this american hero and make his dream a reality!

    • bob

      The man deserves a handout but what makes him a hero? Because he screwed up? He didn't throw himself on a bomb to save people. If a parent drowns trying to save a kid that is drowning he's not a hero, he screwed up. If you rush into a burning building and save people you're a hero. If the building collapses and kills you then you screwed up.

  • Jdubs xx

    Amazing story. Thank you for your service from a fellow Iowan chiver

    • DM Iowan

      Indeed. Chive on from yet another Iowan Chiver. Sorry for your loss, but you're an inspiration to the rest of us on how to truly KCCO.

    • blue_bronco

      Ditto from another Iowan

      • Mark

        and from another Iowan

  • Smaulz

    F*cking Hard. Ass. Chive the hell on, brother. Digging out the CC as we speak.

  • AlbusQ

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice Taylor. I'm in John. Let's do this

    • SpellCheck

      … uhm, I don't mean to be a troll, but you've really got to learn the power of punctuation!

      For example:

      "I'm in John" means something entirely different from "I'm in, John"

      See what I mean?

      Yeah yeah, I know … here come the thumbs and they're all pointing down 😦

      • Hank

        Gave you a thumbs up! 🙂

      • Kim

        Give it a rest. There's a time and a place to nag about grammar.

  • Ross

    Great story, putting a $20 in the mail right now. I'm broke, but this guy and his family deserve it more than me.

    KCCO!

    • Ricky_Ross

      Good to see a fellow Ross with the same giving attitude

    • http://twitter.com/lukeskynski @lukeskynski

      Right on! Shut up and take my money! 🙂

  • https://www.facebook.com/Swtsxy15 Ryan Marie Pendarvis

    This story touched me. Tugged at my heart strings and made me click the donate link.
    Let's make this happen Chivers and Chivettes.

  • http://www.melissagodin.blogspot.com melissa

    Amazing. Donated!!

  • Ricky_Ross

    #22 This is what life is about. A woman that will stand by you no matter what and a man that is willing to sacrifice everything to establish peace in this world. I would love to help you get back home and have a special place for you and your girlfriend. Donation is on it's way and I want to thank you for your service. One of the most inspirational stories I have ever heard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reyes.santacruz.37 Reyes Santa Cruz

    Lying there know death is around the corner telling his buddies to stay back is amazing, God spared a good soul! Chive on and get well.

  • MattyDeuce

    So tough to get thru this story but so easy to try and help you and yours out. God bless you, Taylor, and your family. Stay strong and how about we, the Chivers rally around a hero? Let's make it happen!

  • Rob

    That is a man right there!! A 100% true hero !!!

  • Bhodi

    Can't thank you enough, Chive On!

  • Aksarben

    An Omaha Chiver checking in and donating, thank you for your service and sacrifice. KCCO soldier!

  • Ryan Stewart

    Down payment? Let's shoot to build this man a cabin.

    • albusq

      I'm betting we could if we set our minds to it. True Chivers are the greatest people in the world.

    • https://www.facebook.com/mark.berthiaume Mark Berthiaume

      Exactly! …. donated.

    • mark

      someone figure out the cost of cabin on property like he described and theChive should adjust the goal

      • TitoRigatoni

        We don't need no steenking goal. We just keep on giving anyway.

    • Micks

      I honestrly think that the Chive can make that happen, buy that cabin!

    • TitoRigatoni

      Exactly this, fuck down payment. Let's buy the whole thing.

      • HatBomb

        I think we are heading there as we speak… And that is by no means a bad thing.

    • pete

      Yes, we should. Count me in.

    • Karl

      I love how we all see how far past the goal we are, and instead of moving on, want to get a piece of the action and see how much more we can do.

    • Montana

      Agree. Totally agree.

      But what is #21? Is that THE cabin they want, or an example to help us visualize what he wants?

      Also, where was #22 taken? It looks cold, maybe even snow on the hills, and the crops haven't been planted yet.

      • Danny L

        That's Iowa in the late fall. They're sitting in front of an already harvested corn field.

      • JLBugbee

        I'm guessing Iowa. That's where his is from.

    • Teri

      YESSSS! That what I say!! Build the thing.

      • Teri

        PS I donated and shared. Please share in your networks.

    • Adam Tkaczuk

      My thoughts exactly Ryan! And someone get him a KCCO shirt! (those things are hard to get).

  • whyme1973

    You are an amazing person, Taylor. Heart wrenching story. Heal fast. Thank you for your service.

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