Showing posts with label Idaho. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Idaho. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Group of military spouses breaking the silence of PTSD

‘You think you’re the only one’: Documentary amplifies voices of military spouses facing PTSD
Idaho Capital Sun

APRIL 25, 2022
“We just felt that we really needed to talk to this group of spouses, which has been silent forever – all throughout history,” Betty said. “We thought we need to get as much history involved as we can.”
‘I Married the War,’ a new film produced and directed by Idahoans about the wives of combat veterans, will make its Idaho premiere May 4
During filming of a new documentary titled “I Married the War,” Director of Photography Bill Krumm captures military wife Laura Daniero Nickel for an interview with Lucien Nickel. (Ken Rodgers)

After the success of their first documentary film “Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor” in 2011, Betty and Ken Rodgers felt in their bones there were more stories to tell.

Their project got men who hadn’t shared their Vietnam War stories in decades — or, in some cases, ever — to open up their experiences. It helped people who didn’t live through the war know what that conflict was really like. And it helped Vietnam veterans connect with perhaps the only people who truly knew what they had gone through – each other.

Perhaps most importantly, for some veterans, it allowed them and their families to start to heal from their trauma.

But there were others who deserved to have their voices heard, their stories told, Betty said.

What about people like her, the wife of a Vietnam veteran? What about their experience healing their marriage from Ken’s post-traumatic stress, caused by his combat experience as a U.S. Marine trapped in one of the worst sieges in American wartime history – the siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam? What about the wives of these veterans from every American war who come home battered physically and mentally and need care and understanding?
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When I wrote my first book,  For The Love Of Jack back in 2002 (republished in 2012)  it was to #breakthesilence too many of us were living with. It was hard for veterans to talk, even to other veterans. It was even harder for wives to do it. When we did, we not only discovered we were not alone, we found support, gained knowledge and learned the ways of helping those we loved heal.

I am torn about the project above. I am grateful they were doing this at the same time greatly saddened that after all these years, anyone still feels as if they have something to hide or struggle with talking about it, makes it seem as if efforts among the pioneers like me, failed. If we succeeded, the stigma would be gone, hope would take over fear, knowledge would replace gossip and assumptions and no one would ever feel ashamed of surviving what they did, or loving them.

No battle in combat is ever fought alone and no one heals from what it does alone either!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Warm welcome home for Green Beret who survived ambush

Hundreds give wounded veteran hero's welcome in North Idaho

KREM 2 News
Author: Megan Carroll
August 30, 2019

Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Sharp and his fellow Green Berets were ambushed during a mission in Afghanistan. Sharp was shot multiple times and almost died.
KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho — Dozens of community members are lined up to give a hero's welcome on Friday to a veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan this year.
Deputies with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office provided an escort for Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Sharp from Stateline to Highway 95, then north to Lancaster Road at 11 a.m. on Friday.

The sheriff's office has also reached out to Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies that may want to help.

Sharp is the cousin-in-law of KCSO Sgt. Erik Hedlund, who says Sharp is coming to visit family in North Idaho now that he has recovered enough to travel.

Sgt. Sharp and his fellow Green Berets were on a mission in Afghanistan earlier this year when they were ambushed by their own Afghan support team, Hedlund said.

Two soldiers were killed in the battle. Sharp was shot multiple times in the pelvis and abdomen, and almost died in the field. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his sacrifices.

After Sharp was stabilized, he returned to the United States and has been recovering in the hospital, just recently regaining the ability to walk, Hedlund said. At the same time, his one-year-old daughter, Audrey, was also learning to walk for the first time.
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

OEF OIF veteran lost job as Police Officer because of PTSD Service Dog

Man claims he's being discriminated against because of PTSD and service dog

KMVT 11 News
By Garrett Hottle
Aug 09, 2019
Thompson said his PTSD is the reason he's not a police officer anymore. But that things have recently gotten better, thanks to the addition of his service dog, Ziva. Thompson said he could tell she would make a huge difference in his life, from one of the first times they met.
SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A military veteran and former police officer in the Magic Valley, believes he's experiencing discrimination in his search for employment because of his service dog.

Former police offer and veteran Michael Thompson explains how his service dog Ziva helps him cope with PTSD. Michael Thompson is a Shoshone resident who previously worked for the Bellevue and Shoshone police departments. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Military and saw combat during the invasion of Iraq.

"I did the initial invasion for Iraq," Thompson said. "We were the group that was embedded with special forces that jumped into north Iraq and worked our way south."

Thompson has lived in Buhl most of his life and his time in the military was a big change for him, especially going overseas.

"I went from small town kid to a gunner in a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), where we were actually fighting and taking over areas as we worked our way south," Michael said.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Child bullied after Dad's suicide, has Veteran Dad by her side

Four Idahoans in the national spotlight after viral video

KIVI 6 News
By: Natasha Williams
Apr 15, 2019
Before the heartwarming video went viral, Khloe had been dealing with some bullying at school for not having a dad. She says the video changed everything.
BOISE, Idaho — Steve Exceen and his daughter Sarai have a special bond with Mary Braunstein and her daughter Khloe--so much so they say the four Idahoans are a package deal.

"It was basically like...(pause)...friendship at the first moment," Sarai said.

You might remember the special moment, caught on camera, we brought to you back in February.

A local veteran and his daughter stepped in to take a fifth-grade girl to a daddy-daughter dance after she lost her own father to suicide after a battle with PTSD. The sweet video went viral and now has more than four million views.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Family of Argo Buchanan, Flag has been found


Found burial flag reunited with family of fallen WWII veteran

Veteran discovers military burial flag, now is searching for rightful owners

Jessica Taylor
January 13, 2019

HOMEDALE, Idaho — One veteran's cleanup project in Nampa led to another's missing treasure.
While cleaning out a home in Nampa, veteran David Slawson Sr. found a military burial flag. 

All he had was the name of the owner, Mr. Argo Buchanan, but he says he knew immediately how special the flag was.
If you know any family members connected to this flag, please email us ( or reach out to us on our Facebook page.
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Boise Police Chief Bill Bones addressing need for PTSD help

A week after stabbings, his city gives Boise's police chief hope 'to create good out of horror'
Idaho Statesman
Katy Moeller
July 7, 2018
"One can imagine what it would be like for paramedics, firefighters and others to see the horrific injuries of these victims — these small young children," Murphy said in a phone interview from Seattle. "It may be more than a human being is meant to bear."
Boise Police Chief Bill Bones was visibly emotional during a press conference Sunday, July 1. "These are victims who in their past homes have fled violence from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia," Bones said.
Meiying Wu

The emotional calluses of a 25-year career in law enforcement appeared to have been ripped away when Boise Police Chief Bill Bones stepped in front of the cameras at City Hall West on July 1.

The towering, soft-spoken chief choked back tears as he described the horror of the night before — an "evil" attack that left the largest number of victims in an incident in department history.

Nine people were stabbed, including six children, who were at or near a 3-year-old's birthday party at the Wylie Street Station Apartments just off State Street. All of the victims were members of refugee families from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia.

"Obviously, I have cried during this event," Bones said a couple of days later in an interview at his office. "Thankfully, I was alone yesterday when I found out that we had lost our little girl — because she really is, in a part, she is a daughter of the entire community. She's a part of who we are."
"I have a department of people that got into this job, into this career, because they're here to take care of others, to help others. We try hard to get them to take care of themselves," he said. "None of us do the best job at that."read more here

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Young Man With Tumor Wants Help to Be "Normal" And Join the Army

He wants to join the Army, but can't afford to pay to have face tumor removed

Associated Press
August 9, 2017

He has turned to the internet for help and set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $40,000.Removing the tumor would not only give him a normal life, but also allow him to pursue his dream of joining the military, McCulley said.

NAMPA, Idaho — An Idaho man with a large, rare tumor that dominates the right side of his face is asking for help with the medical costs to remove it.
Lucas McCulley of Nampa was born with a rare lymphangioma tumor that was not detected during his mother's pregnancy, KTVB-TV reported.
"I was born at Mercy and they life-flighted me at two days old to Salt Lake City and they had never seen any case like it before I got there," he said.

Before he reached the age of 10, McCulley underwent 24 surgeries and the last one nearly had a fatal outcome.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Idaho Vietnam Veteran Searching for Orphan He Saved in 1970

Vietnam War veteran searches for orphan he rescued in 1970

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, JULY 1 - In this June 22, 2017 photo, Robert Martin holds a picture of himself at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, holding 2-month-old Roberta Sunday after finding her in a bunker in Vietnam. 

- Associated Press - Saturday, July 1, 2017

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Robert Martin’s platoon was sent to check out an enemy bunker complex that had been hit with heavy airstrikes. He heard a coughing sound.
“In this one bunker I found three dead Vietnamese - two men and one woman,” the Coeur d’Alene man said softly. “I turned to go to the next bunker when I heard a cough from under the dead bodies.”
Under the woman’s body was a naked infant girl - perhaps 2 months old - who was shivering and had shrapnel in one of her thighs.
Martin wrapped the girl in an empty sand bag and carried her to the pickup zone.
After Martin informed his commanders via radio of the situation, his chopper was diverted to the Quang Tri Catholic Hospital, where the baby could be treated.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Some Police Officers Served Nation First, Then Communities

Police officers say military backgrounds helped build foundation for law enforcement career
Idaho Press Tribune
May 27, 2017
Bridges’ background has also been useful in sensitive situations. There have been times when the police were called to a suicidal subject or someone threatening to harm themselves. In some of those situations, the subject was a veteran struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Bridges said as a veteran himself, he’s been able to gain trust and credibility with those people and help them find resources.
Caldwell Police officer Joshua Bridges, above returned in February from a six-month deployment to Southeast Asia
NAMPA — For six months, Caldwell Police officer Joshua Bridges hung up his police uniform and traded it for a different uniform for a recent deployment to southwest Asia.In addition to serving as a police officer for the city of Caldwell, Bridges also serves in the the Idaho Air National Guard.
Chris Bronson/IPT
In addition to serving as a police officer, Bridges also serves in the Idaho Air National Guard in security forces, which he described as basically military police for the Air Force. He returned from his deployment in February and is back on patrol in Caldwell.

Bridges is one of a number of local officers who serve or have served in the military. Some of these officers told the Press-Tribune that their military background has built a strong foundation for their careers in law enforcement. They were also called to each profession for similar reasons — to serve their country and community and make a difference.

“It’s been my lifelong goal to serve my community and to serve in general,” Nampa Police Lt. Jason Kimball said. “It fit in well with that.”

Working as a police officer involves discipline, structure and the ability to adapt to difficult situations.

For local officers with backgrounds in the military, those skills have already been developed, and they say their experience in the service helped transition them into a career in law enforcement.

“There are a lot of similarities, and I think that’s why you see a lot of veterans go into law enforcement or a similar field,” Bridges said.

Bridges joined the Idaho Air National Guard in 2007 while going to school. He was hired to the Caldwell Police Department in 2011.
Nampa Police Capt. Curt Shankel said veterans bring a sense of discipline and pride in service to the force.

“When they come in from serving in the military, they continue that service, that pride and that sense of giving back and serving the community or country they live in,” he said.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Air Force Staff Sgt. Died in Jordan Loading Bomb


Airmen mourn 'mom of the flight line' killed in noncombat incident in Jordan

Air Force announces non-combat death of staff sergeant in Jordan
By Ed Adamczyk
March 24, 2017

March 24 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense announced the death of Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Gleason Morrow, who died in a non-combat role earlier this week.

Gleason-Morrow, 25, died Wednesday while performing maintenance duties in Jordan in support of combat operations, a Defense Department statement said. The incident is under investigation.

She was a resident of Dansville, N.Y., serving in the Middle East with the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron of Mountain Home Air Base in Idaho. Her mother told WHEC-TV, Rochester, that she died while loading a bomb onto an airplane.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Seventeen Year Battle Ended When Gulf War Veteran Committed Suicide Outside Church

Veteran talked to KXLY4 about mental health issues years before suicide
Author: Ariana Cohen, Good Morning Northwest reporter
November 7, 2016
But, not enough to save Belieu, who 17 years ago began asking for help for this disease.
POST FALLS, Idaho - It was a shocking scene outside a large church in Post Falls Sunday as hundreds of worshipers were gathered at Real Life Ministries, when a Gulf War veteran took his own life right outside the church doors.

59-year-old Dale Belieu had suffered from debilitating illness for years and spoke out against the lack of help from the Veteran's Administration.

Back in the 90s, an Idaho congresswoman tried to help Belieu with his case against the VA.

He said he suffered from Gulf War syndrome and that he wasn't given the help he needed.

He shared that story with KXLY4 News, and Monday, we found the heartbreaking evidence that Belieu had long struggled to find help.

"I guess I'm not one of those weirded out crazed insane veterans sitting on some park looking wacked out," said Belieu in a 1999 interview with KXLY. He lived with physical and emotional pain for decades.

"So, they don't want to deal with it," he said. "Someone in Congress, the decision makers need to come in line."
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Older Veterans in Northwest Committing Suicide in High Numbers

Veteran suicide numbers high in the Northwest
Whitney Ward
November 07, 2016

In Washington, more than half of those veterans who committed suicide were over the age of 65, while in Idaho, it was a full 65 percent.
Iraq war veteran couple Colleen Ryan and Jeff Hensley set up 1,892 American flags on the National Mall on March 27, 2014. The veterans installed the flags to represent the 1,892 veterans and service members who committed suicide that year.
Rates of veteran suicide vary widely by state. Certain factors that make someone more susceptible to suicide, things like being over the age of 45, in a rural area, American Indiana/Alaska Native or White, people from areas of higher poverty and lower education, and access to firearms.

Many of those people can be found in the Northwest.

In 2014, the state of Montana had the highest suicide rate in the country. Idaho came in as sixth, while Washington was farther down on the list.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stolen Valor: Iraq Veteran Collected Over $700,000 In Benefits

Veteran,48, lied about being injured in combat in Iraq to claim over $700,000 in disability benefits and a Purple Heart
PUBLISHED:25 August 2016
Darryl Lee Wright pleaded guilty to two counts 
of felony wire fraud earlier this year
A veteran in Washington state claimed over $700,000 in federal benefits after lying about being severely disabled.

Darryl Lee Wright pleaded guilty to two counts of felony wire fraud earlier this year for fabricating claims of disability and receiving payment from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The 48-year-old claimed that he was severely disabled from being wounded in combat in Iraq, and as a result, collected $751,400 in federal benefits.

Wright was found living well in Snoqualmie, dating two women simultaneously and working a steady job, despite claiming that he was incapacitated by wounds physical and psychological that he suffered in Iraq while serving in the Idaho National Guard in Iraq, reported.

He was caught telling a war story that wasn't true about his 2005 tour in Iraq.
In order to prove the lie, he created fake documents and pressured government workers in an effort to force his way into thousands of dollars of benefits that are meant to help Americans who were actually injured while serving.

Wright filed the bogus paperwork with the Army under the names of people he actually served with, Jennings said.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Judge Ordered Commanding Officer of Idaho National Guard Out of Court?

Veteran asked to leave courtroom for wearing Army uniform
Idaho State Journal
By Debbie Bryce For the Journal
July 21, 2016

POCATELLO — Lt. Col. Fred Flynn, a disabled veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was asked to leave a courtroom by a judge at the Bannock County Courthouse earlier this month because he was wearing his Army uniform.

Flynn retired from the Army in 1998 but was recalled after that to serve three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served for a total of 24 years, most recently as the commanding officer of the Army National Guard in Pocatello.

Flynn complied with the order to leave the courtroom, but he said he felt humiliated and disappointed that the judge would ask him to leave because he was wearing his Army uniform.

“I had to leave a courtroom that is based on the very Constitution that I served to protect,” Flynn said.

Sixth District Judge David C. Nye said he ordered that Flynn leave the courtroom during the jury trial of another military veteran because Nye felt Flynn’s uniform could influence the jury.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vietnam Veteran Filmmaker "Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor" Earns High Award

Vietnam veteran, filmmaker to receive highest DAR honor
Stars and Stripes
By Matthew M. Burke
Published: April 26, 2016

During the 11-week siege in early 1968, a single surrounded and cut-off Marine regiment of about 5,000 and their supporting forces stood in defiance of three North Vietnamese Army divisions — about 20,000 troops. They were victorious, but only after 27 deaths, with 19 wounded and one taken prisoner.
Retired Marine Ken Rodgers poses during the Vietnam War at Khe Sanh in 1968. Rodgers will receive the Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's highest award, May 12 in Boise, Idaho.
A Marine veteran who turned his company’s harrowing tale from the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War into a documentary film will be honored with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s highest award.

Ken Rodgers, of Eagle, Idaho, will receive the Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism on May 12 in Boise, the society announced in a statement. The medal honors an adult who has displayed “outstanding patriotism in the promotion of NDSAR’s ideals of God, home and country through faithful and meritorious service to our community, state and nation.”
Rodgers, along with his wife, Betty, directed and co-produced the award-winning film, “Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor.” The film won the best documentary feature prize in 2015 at the GI Film Festival San Diego’s Local Film Showcase.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ex-Marine Sought in Shooting of Idaho Pastor

What We Know About Kyle Odom, Ex-Marine Sought in Shooting of Idaho Pastor
NBC News
by Alex Johnson
March 7, 2016

Kyle Andrew Odom, the 30-year-old ex-Marine suspected of having shot a prominent Idaho minister several times outside his church Sunday, has a history of mental issues and acted alone, police said Monday.
Coeur d’Alene police detectives have identified Kyle Andrew Odom, of Coeur d’Alene, as the suspect in Sunday's shooting at The Altar Church. Coeur d’Alene Police

Odom remained at large Monday night and is considered armed and dangerous, Coeur d'Alene police said a day after Tim Remington, senior pastor of The Altar Church, was shot and critically wounded in the church parking lot.

Remington, 55, was upgraded to fair condition Monday at Kootenai Health and Medical Center. He was shot six times after services Sunday afternoon, a day after he delivered the invocation at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Veteran with PTSD Missing in Idaho

Missing retired Army vet with extreme PTSD 
Local News 8 ABC
POSTED:Aug 31, 2015
BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho - An Idaho Falls area family is searching for a missing retired Army veteran with extreme PTSD.

Family members say Mark Oliver is a medically retired combat war veteran. He left home last night near Lincoln Road and Edmiston Drive.

The family says he is a high risk veteran. "He suffers from severe PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and depression. He had a medical history of seizures and black outs" says his wife. 

Mark was last seen wearing a black military shirt, blue jeans, and grey tennis shoes. He wears glasses and has a white gold wedding band. He is six feet tall and about 180 pounds.

Oliver has a large rose tattoo on his left forearm. He was driving a 2010 metallic blue Mazda 3.

If you have any information you are encouraged to call the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office (208) 529-1200.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Newspaper Wants to Hear Vietnam Veteran Voices

From the Editor: We Need Your Help on Veterans’ Project
Magic Valley
Twin Falls Times News
Matt Christensen
August 16, 2015
The Times-News can’t right those wrongs, but we can help veterans share their experiences so that history never forgets.
I was born 16 years after the United States first committed troops to the Vietnam War, so to me, it’s hardly more familiar than World War I, the Revolutionary War or any other I read about in grade school history books.

Veterans of those latter wars died long ago, most taking their personal experiences to the grave. If their stories live on, it’s often through unwritten family histories, foggy bits and pieces our great-grandparents might remember about an uncle or father.

Honor Flights, memorials and tributes to the Greatest Generation have taught us that we can’t be nonchalant about history. As hundreds of World War II veterans die by the day, we’re already lamenting their lost personal stories.

But it’s not too late for one generation of men and women: Vietnam veterans.

Their stories deserve to be told, especially after the treatment many received when they came home.

At a very belated welcome-home event held in Twin Falls this summer, 40 years after the conflict ended, one veteran recalled being spit on when he stepped off the plane in New York. Veterans couldn’t get jobs when they came back. They were called baby killers and blamed for problems that often had more to do with politics than what was happening on the ground and in the fog of war.

This was the first generation of veterans to bring post-traumatic stress disorder into the spotlight, because so many veterans were – and still are – afflicted. They made veteran suicide an issue, because so many Vietnam veterans took their own lives. And they raised major concerns about the ethics of war, because so many were subjected to Agent Orange through chemical warfare.
If you know a Vietnam veteran willing to share his or her story, visit or click on the “Vietnam Voices” link at the top of There, veterans will have the opportunity to share their experiences in their own words by answering a handful of questions, and they can upload photos, either current images or shots taken during their service. If you’re a veteran without access to a computer, give me a call at 208-735-3255, and we’ll help you out.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

VA: Does Not Have The Authority To Confiscate Weapons

Fears that VA will confiscate Navy vet's guns lead to protest
Associated Press
Published: August 6, 2015
Veteran Affairs spokesman Bret Bowers confirmed a letter had been sent to Arnold from the VA's benefits office in Salt Lake City, but he said that VA policy prohibits discussing individual health records without consent. Bowers added that the agency doesn't have the authority to confiscate weapons.

BOISE, Idaho — A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a Navy veteran's house Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning to confiscate the man's weapons.

Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms.

The protest —spearheaded by Scott— attracted about 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold's guns, and Republican Washington state Rep. Matthew Shea of Spokane Valley, who described the event as a "defiance against tyranny."

"I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho," Wheeler said. "This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold's rights weren't going to be breached."
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Disabled Iraq Veteran Proves Ability, Walked 36 Holes golfers, fans honor Iraq War veteran and Boise Open player on his final hole (with video)
Idaho Statesman
July 10, 2015
Pfeifer, 33, is a retired Army corporal who was injured in 2007 when the armored Humvee he was driving hit an improvised explosive device outside of Baghdad. His left leg was amputated above the knee.

Many of the players in Friday’s morning wave at the Albertsons Boise Open gathered at the ninth green after they finished to shake hands with Iraq War veteran Chad Pfeifer and thank him for his military service.

Pfeifer, making his Tour debut on a sponsor’s exemption, finished last in the 156-player field at 9-over (75-76).

He walked all 36 holes at Hillcrest Country Club with a prosthetic left leg.

“It was pretty cool for those guys — obviously they’re trying to win a tournament — to take the time out and come out and thank me for my service and wish me luck going forward,” Pfeifer said.

He plays next week against celebrities in the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe. He grew up in Caldwell and has set a goal of reaching the PGA Tour.

“I’m not going to let a couple bad rounds deter me from my goal,” Pfeifer, 33, said. “I think I just put a little too much pressure on myself, wanting to come out here and perform well in front of a hometown crowd. I wanted to prove not only to myself but to everybody else that I belong here.”
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Boise Open golf pros thank Pfeifer
Idaho Statesman