US Army CPL Kyle Hockenberry’s tattoo etched on his torso says it all about this wounded hero, “For those I love, I will sacrifice.” They are powerful words carried close to the heart of Kyle who sacrificed so much for his family, friends, community, and all of us fortunate enough to claim the United States as home. On June 15, 2011, a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) cost him most of both legs and his left arm. And yet Kyle still stated, “I just always wanted to fight for my country; I’d do it all over again if I could.”
Now that he is back home in the USA it is our turn to show the same devotion and dedication as Kyle. Kyle’s uncle said, “He’s real humble. He really doesn’t like the word ‘hero.’ So we call him our miracle.” For the remainder of us, the Hockeberry Family Miracle is our American Hero. We honor and pay tribute to his heroic efforts and hope that our efforts bring him Home in the truest sense of the word.