Amazing Veterans: Chuck Norris Edition
Happy Friday, all. It’s Friday, and we’re all thinking about the best way to ease out of the work week and into the weekend. Naturally, we’re also thinking a lot about veterans, because that’s what we do. What better way to celebrate the start of the weekend than to pay homage to one of the biggest, baddest, most jaw-droppingly awesome veterans of all time, the man’s man himself, Mr. Chuck Norris.
For decades, this multi-talented man of action has roundhouse kicked his way into our homes and hearts, and inspired many a young person’s journey into martial arts and even armed forces service along the way. Born in Oklahoma, he began his career in the Air Force as an Air Force Policeman. Mr. Norris competed in martial arts for many years before starring in action films and television series, and has been an active philanthropist as well as starting his own martial arts form, Chun Kuk Do.
In 2007, Mr. Norris was awarded the title of honorary Marine by Commandant Gen. James T. Conway. Texas Governor Rick Perry named him an honorary Texas Ranger in 2010. He has been an outspoken advocate for veterans’ issues, including pensions and care for hospitalized veterans. He served as spokesperson for the U.S. Veterans Administration and was named 2001 Veteran of the Year at the American Veteran Awards.
Over the years, Chuck Norris has become the stuff of legend, inspiring some fans to devote entire web sites to ascribing mythical, superhuman qualities to him. You’ve probably heard or read about some of them over the past couple of years. Here’s just a couple of my personal favorite little known “facts” (from chucknorrisfacts.com):
When the boogeyman goes to sleep at night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water and make it drink.
Chuck Norris does not get frostbite. Chuck Norris bites frost.
Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.
Chuck Norris has already been to Mars. That’s why there are no signs of life there.
Or how about this one: Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits. (That one makes me shudder a little bit.)
He waited patiently for an invitation to visit Marines in Fallujah, and watching this clip it’s easy to see that he is as humbled and honored to be there as these Marines are to have him. And the Marines have brushed up on their Chuck Norris facts to prepare for his visit. Check it out.
Now in his 70s, Chuck Norris doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. Although he might be one of the more famous veterans in our midst, he’s hardly the only veteran who deserves our awe and respect. For those of you who have served or are serving, thank you. We owe you far more than we could ever possibly repay. And, just so you know, we are jealous that you get to claim Chuck Norris as one of your own.
Who are some of your favorite veterans? Why do they inspire you? Let us know and we might feature them on our blog! Tell us about them in the comments below.
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