Marshall and Taking Care of the Troops

We began Taking Care of the Troops, the next sequence in the Marshall Legacy Series, with a talk by an Iraq war veteran and the opening of the new exhibition, “Give Them What They Need.”

Disabled veteran Army SSG Luke Murphy (Ret) talked about “Blasted by Adversity,” his experiences as a squad leader of an 11-man reconnaissance team with the 187th Infantry Regiment, a component of the 101st Airborne Division, on his second deployment when he lost his right leg above the knee and severely injured his left leg in a blast in Sadr City, Iraq in April 2006.

Following a long recovery and many surgeries, his life began to return to a new normal that improved when he received a home from Homes for Our Troops, a privately funded, nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Murphy lives in Tallahassee, FL.

The exhibition, “Give Them What They Need” features government-issued uniforms and gear carried by infantry soldiers (WWI, WWII, Korea) and illustrates General Marshall’s roles in the forming the USO, invigorating the Army Chaplain Corps during WWII and his services as president of the American Red Cross. The exhibition will be up through Dec. 23.

Homes for Our Troops is our partner for this sequence that concludes in December.

You can watch SSG Murphy’s talk on our YouTube channel: