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Michael Culver's Story

I am a retired Marine Corps CWO2. I enlisted in 1987 and have loved every minute of my time in the Marines. Although there were many rough times, the camaraderie carried me thru. I was on active duty from 1987 to 1999. I decided to leave and join the reserves because, at the time I was a single father. I did not want to stay in the rear with the gear and use my status as an excuse not to deploy and my two kids needed me. In 2003 I was activated with HMLA-773 based out of Dobbins in Marietta. We were sent to Afghanistan with our hueys and cobras to support efforts there to root out the Taliban. Our squadron supported OEF with three rotations of 7 months each. I was on the first and last rotation. during my second tour, I broke my T7 vertebrae. It felt like a sprain at the time and the X-ray taken at Bagram did not show any broken bones so, despite the pain I stayed with my unit. We were due to rotate out in 30 days. Upon arriving home I was still in severe pain so I went to medical. After an MRI, it was revealed that I had in fact broken my T7 vertebrae and it was in pieces. I thank God that I was not paralyzed. After this diagnosis I went to see Dr. Chitale at Kennestone. He is an excellent doctor and surgeon. He went in to repair the bone and noted some necrotic tissue around the bone. He decided to perform a biopsy. It was later determined that I had stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was 37 and had four children at the time. My wife and I had just had our fourth child. I was out of the reserves by this time and the Marines did not consider my cancer to be service connected. While they did pay for my broken back they would not cover my cancer treatment. Thus, began a long battle with cancer and the military. The service that I loved became my adversary. Now I realize that it was not personal, the bureaucracy that they call a benefit was just completely intolerable. I was very fortunate to have insurance at my civilian job that did cover my treatment but the bitterness about how I was treated made me continue the fight. I was concerned for my family, not me. I was also concerned about the young men and women who would follow. I decided to fight. Just last year I won part of my battle. The VA finally declared my cancer to be service connected. I do not receive any money for this because I am in remission. I am not in it for any money. Right is right. All I wanted is to have it in my record so that if it comes back I would be able to possibly receive medical care. Two the the bases that I have lived on (Camp Lejeune NC, and Tustin, CA) have had proven levels of chemical contamination. Tustin was closed and quickly reduced to rubble except for the two huge hangers, one I worked in for 6 years. I saw them burn dirt when they started cleaning up the hazmat. Now, last I checked, dirt should not burn. My father retired from the Marines and as a child I lived on Camp Lejeune. I have been in the news for contaminated drinking water. We warriors are a proud bunch, we don't look for handouts, just fair compensation. I love America and would have given my life in her defense and I still love the Marine Corps, but when you are in need of help from the very organization that you cherish and they do everything short of call you a liar. It cuts deep. I endured Chemo Therapy and a bone marrow transplant and by the grace of God 16 years later I am still standing. My beautiful wife stood by my side through it all along with my awesome children. We only have our one daughter left at home and are close to becoming empty nesters. We recently downsized from a four-bedroom home and purchased an older house that I am now renovating. I know there are others in more need and more deserving of a new roof, I mainly wanted to tell my story with a broader audience to help others understand the unfortunate plight of some of our troops. I trust in God to provide and he certainly does. I want to do my best to share and serve others and I certainly appreciate the heart behind this offer!!!! It motivates me to see a company give from the heart. If I were selected I would love to have a metal roof put on my new old home. I want my wife to have a great home. Due to my bone marrow transplant and the chemo, the likelihood of recurrence is there and always will be. I strive every day to make preparations for the next battle that I pray never comes. All I want, is for my family to be protected in my absence. I serve in my local community and church and I also have the privilege of still being able to work and provide for my family. I believe that God has shown me what it means to "count it all joy" even in suffering we learn lessons. My wife and I have been blessed to live in our new community around several older neighbors. Some have lost their spouses and live alone. I look forward to meeting them and loving on them. Serving others is in my blood. We happened to move into our new old house on this Memorial Day weekend. The first thing I wanted to do was install a flag pole and fly old glory with the Marine Corps flag underneath. Any time there is a national tragedy, tornado, flood, or any other harrowing experience, it makes my heart swell with pride when someone raises our flag above the rubble. This is America where we are still free!!!! I pray that we, as a nation get the spirit of companies like Hicks Roofing and give to others. Ask a neighbor how they are doing and sincerely wait for their reply. Comfort the sick and the downtrodden. Care for our elderly and show others what it means to be American. Thank you for this opportunity, and if another fellow veteran is selected I will celebrate their blessing!!! God bless America!

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