From Immigrant to Medal of Honor Recipient – Florent Groberg

8 Seconds of Courage Flo Groberg AfghanistanDon’t miss the Sunday’s Veterans Radio with host Dale Throneberry and his guest Medal of Honor recipient Florent (Flo) Groberg.

His book, 8 Seconds of Courage, is the astonishing story of how he saved lives in Afghanistan by tackling a suicide bomber, becoming the first immigrant since the Vietnam War to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism.

In August of 2012, Flo Groberg was guarding a high-level US-Afghan delegation and noticed someone suspicious: a local man stumbling toward his patrol. Flo reacted quickly and ran to tackle the man—who was wearing a suicide vest. Four people died in the subsequent explosion, but many others were spared. Flo himself was badly wounded and spent the next three years undergoing surgeries at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Seldom when we hear about the heroism of Medal of Honor recipients do we learn what motivates their actions. Flo Groberg provides that essential insight into his selfless act of valor while honoring his four fallen brothers in arms. 8 Seconds of Courage is a story of heroism, sacrifice, and camaraderie in wartime.

Toys for Tots and Female Veterans Stand Down

Dale will also interview Washtenaw County Toys for Tots Coordinator Artelia Reeves and Chef Stef the organizer of the first Female Veterans Stand Down in Kalamazoo Michigan.

Twenty booths full of resources for female veterans, information on civilian organizations – imagine all of your questions answered in one room; that’s the Stand Down. There will be speakers sharing personal experiences with military sex trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, plus free dental, eye, and hearing screenings, spa services, employment information, and so much more.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Where: Western Michigan’s Bernhard Center, 3rd floor, room 157-158
  • When: Thursday, December 14th from 11am to 4pm.
  • Cost: FREE!

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National Medal of Honor Day

The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. (Public Law 101-564) 

The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was on March 25, 1863, that the first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews’ Raiders, all soldiers from Ohio. 

On our site there are readings of Medal of Honor stories,  produced and recorded by Ken Rogge for Veterans Radio. Click on the MORE INFORMATION button to listen to these stories.