During the State of the Union address, I was overtaken by the admiration the President and entire Congress displayed for Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was injured in Afghanistan in 2009. In describing Ranger Remsburg’s journey since his injuries, the President talked about the many surgeries and courageous work he has done to move forward. He said that Sgt. Remsburg “never gives up and he never quits.”
My thoughts immediately moved to the thousands of Americans who are similarly injured every year across our country because someone selfishly drove impaired by alcohol or drugs. My heart goes out to each of those individuals, who are bravely facing a different life and digging deep for strength as they struggle with the physical, financial and emotional ramifications of their injuries. In my years with MADD, I have met so many of them and now consider them my friends. I am overwhelmed with deep admiration for their courage and fortitude. Their valor is amazing.
The President concluded his speech by appealing to us to follow this soldier’s lead to never give up. He said, “If we work together, if we summon what is best in us… I know it is within our reach.”
We know that a nation without drunk driving is within our reach. We know how to get there, what needs to be done, and we are doing it. We do it for the thousands of victims who are now forever changed having been victimized by a substance impaired driver. We never give up. We work together and summon what is best in us. I am so very proud to be a part of such a determined courageous family. I admire each of you just as I admire Sgt. Remsburg. You are all my heroes. Thank you for allowing me to walk beside you on our journey.