Homes for Our Troops Veteran to Talk at Marshall

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Disabled veteran Luke Murphy will talk about “Blasted by Adversity” on Oct. 8 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Pogue Auditorium at the Marshall Foundation in Lexington.

Army SSG Luke Murphy was the 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 public is invited and must register by calling Leigh McFaddin at (540) 463-7103, ext. 138 or by sending an email to reservations@marshallfoundation.org. See the Foundation’s website at marshallfoundation.org for more information.

This event is a part of the Taking Care of the Troops sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series and is being presented in partnership with Homes for our Troops.

Guests can see the new exhibition, “Give Them What They Need” that features government-issued uniforms and gear carried by infantry soldiers (WWI, WWII, Korea) and other interesting and unusual objects that opens at 4:45 pm that day.

Taking Care of the Troops focuses on the soldier. Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall believed men and women in uniform were his greatest asset. He said, “We are going to take care of the troops, first, last, and all the time.”

Marshall knew all too well from experience about the difficulties soldiers faced while fighting overseas, and he worked tirelessly to ensure that the soldiers he was leading had everything they would need to defeat the enemy. The concern that the enlightened Marshall had for providing for his soldiers’ needs went well beyond physical items such as uniforms, guns, ammunition and blankets to include entertainment, recreation, and spiritual guidance.
Marshall’s roles in forming the USO and expanding the Army Chaplain Corps were significant in addressing morale concerns as he grew the U.S. Army from about 190,000 soldiers in uniform in 1939 to more than 8,000,000 by war’s end in 1945. General Marshall anticipated what was needed and then took action to provide for his soldiers.

The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy through a multi-year series of exhibitions, speakers and programs centered on key themes or episodes from General Marshall’s career.

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