52.6 F
Springville
Friday, October 30, 2020
Support our Community Sponsors

Decorated veteran to speak on ‘Remembering Is Healing’

Avatar
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Serve Daily: August 2020

Enjoy the 99th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible...

Every day can be a better day, despite the challenge

Life is full of challenges. We knew that last year and we know that now. Life, at any time, has at least...

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

Mapleton youth wins Arbor Day tree poster contest

Emma Beach, a fourth-grader at Mapleton Elementary, recently won the Sweepstakes Award for the Utah Arbor Day Tree Poster Contest. 

r By Dianne King

Gordon L. Ewell is an award-winning author, inspiring motivational speaker and devoted veterans’ advocate. He will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Springville Senior Center, located at 65 E. 200 South in Springville. His topic is “Remembering Is Healing.”

The public is invited to attend.

- Advertisement -
Our Print Advertisers

Ewell was born in Nephi in 1967. After 24 years of dedicated military service, Ewell was medically retired and honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2010 having served active duty in both the Army and Utah Army National Guard.

Through 2005 and 2006, Master Sergeant Ewell served in the war in Iraq in the Explosive Hazard Coordination Cell under the Multinational Corps Commander over all 29 countries fighting the war. While there, he completed about 60 dangerous combat missions, earning the Bronze Star in part for preserving soldiers’ lives and performing under enemy attack. He was the first senior NCO in a special Mobile Observation Team and coauthored the first modern-day warfare handbook used by U.S. soldiers with the arduous mission of “route clearance.” His teams were finding more than 100 bombs per day and more than 3,100 per month. Six times he was in a vehicle directly blown up by roadside bombs as well as twice more. After the last explosion, he returned home to begin a long six-year recovery period from injuries which included, among others, a broken neck, severe traumatic brain injury, cranial facial reconstruction, loss of his right eye, severe visual damage, hearing loss and many neurological injuries. He received the Purple Heart.

Among his other noteworthy awards are Eagle Mountain City’s Citizen of the Year, State of Utah Executive Award of Merit from the Department of Public Safety, and the Myers Evergreen Memorial’s Humanitarian of the Year. Ewell was presented the highest award the Commonwealth of Kentucky can bestow, a commission as a “Kentucky Colonel.”

He is the author of five books including “Dung in My Foxhole” and “A Lifetime at War,” which received the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award in 2015 for Excellence in Literature.

Ewell continues to serve veterans at the George E. Walhen V.A. Medical Complex in Salt Lake City as a member of the hospital’s Volunteer Services Committee, as an advisor to the Warrior Transition Assistance Team (Fort Knox), and as a board member of the amazing charity Hand in Hand Outdoors and the American Heroes Project, helping veterans and their families suffering from severe disabilities and PTSD.

 

Avatar
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Serve Daily: August 2020

Enjoy the 99th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible...

Every day can be a better day, despite the challenge

Life is full of challenges. We knew that last year and we know that now. Life, at any time, has at least...

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

Mapleton youth wins Arbor Day tree poster contest

Emma Beach, a fourth-grader at Mapleton Elementary, recently won the Sweepstakes Award for the Utah Arbor Day Tree Poster Contest. 

More in Category

Time to get your try on

Many say this is a year that should just be cancelled, however, I believe this is a year that can be used...

National Parks Week may be impacted by events in the world

By proclamation of President Donald J. Trump, on April 20, our nation celebrates National Park Week with fee free entrance and a variety of special programs. This year National Park Week

College graduate realizes dream of sharing wonders of ocean with people of the desert

Serve Daily is about positive and uplifting people, organizations, and events. Occasionally while working on one story we find another amazing story behind the first story.

Viewpoint Frozen-Frozen: Coming to the Defense of Hans

I watched Frozen II recently, and honestly, I was disappointed. The makers of Frozen II promised the audience a redemption arc of Hans, the good guy who turned out to be the villain in the