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An Emotional Surprise for an Inspiring Veteran

An Emotional Surprise for an Inspiring Veteran


– THERE’S SOMEONE IN OUR
AUDIENCE WHO RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART AFTER BEING AMBUSHED AND SHOT
FIVE TIMES IN AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS GIVEN LITTLE CHANCE TO
LIVE AND ALMOST NO CHANCE TO WALK AGAIN,
BUT HE HAS BEATEN THE ODDS. FROM WASHINGTON DC,
PLEASE WELCOME SGT. FRANZ AND HIS WIFE SHANNON. [cheers and applause] FIRST OF ALL, IT’S AMAZING
BECAUSE WHEN I WAS DANCING THROUGH THE AUDIENCE,
I SAW YOU STANDING UP. SEVEN MONTHS AGO,
YOU WEREN’T WALKING. YOU COULDN’T WALK AT ALL SEVEN
MONTHS AGO, AND HERE YOU ARE, AT THE SHOW, STANDING UP WHEN
EVERYONE’S DANCING. IT IS AMAZING.
[cheers and applause] – YEAH. IT TOOK, UH, TOOK ME OVER TWO
YEARS TO FINALLY BE ABLE TO STAND UP AND TAKE A COUPLE OF
STEPS, AND– I’M JUST–EVERY DAY, YOU KNOW,
I MAKE SMALL RECOVERIES, AND IT’S JUST A BLESSING.
– YEAH. SO IT HAPPENED TWO YEARS AGO,
AND YOU WERE SHOT FIVE TIMES. YOU WERE AMBUSHED, AS I SAID. AND IT’S AMAZING THAT YOU’RE
HERE, AND THAT YOU’RE WALKING, AND THAT YOU HAVE THE ATTITUDE
YOU HAVE. AND–
[applause] – HE’S VERY POSITIVE.
YEAH, VERY POSITIVE. – YEAH, I JUST TRY TO STAY
POSITIVE AS MUCH AS I CAN, AND I TRY TO OVERCOME
THE SMALL OBSTACLES AND I GAIN A LITTLE BIT OF
INDEPENDENCE EVERY DAY. AND I TRY TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE.
LIKE, WHEN THEY SEE ME STAND UP, AND THEY’RE LIKE “OH, YEAH,
I NEED TO DANCE TOO, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THIS GUY’S DOING IT.”
SO, YEAH. – INITIALLY YOU ENLISTED FOR
A SPECIAL REASON, ALSO. – YES, IN 2007, MY FAMILY GOT
A KNOCK ON THE DOOR, AND IT WAS TWO SOLDIERS DRESSED
IN UNIFORM, AND THEY NOTIFIED US THAT MY BROTHER PASSED AWAY
IN IRAQ. AND, IT WAS KINDA–IT WAS REALLY
HARD ON US. AND I TOOK ABOUT TWO YEARS SOUL
SEARCHING TO TRY TO FIND A WAY TO, YOU KNOW, MAKE HIS MEMORY
LIVE ON. SO I JOINED THE SERVICE AS WELL,
AND I WANTED TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS, AND YOU KNOW,
JUST BRING HIS LEGACY TO LIFE, YOU KNOW, TO SHARE MY STORY
WITH HIM, LIKE TODAY. – AND AGAIN, LIKE I SAID,
YOU COULD BE ANGRY AT THAT, YOU COULD BE FEELING SORRY
FOR YOURSELF. YOU GO FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
IN YOUR HEART, AND YOU COME BACK AND YOU STILL HAVE A POSITIVE
ATTITUDE. YOU’RE CLIMBING WALLS, YOU’RE DOING ALL KINDS OF CRAZY
THINGS, RIGHT? – OH YEAH, I LOVE DOING–
I WAS A VERY COMPETITIVE PERSON BEFORE I GOT INJURED, SO–
[applause] THANKS. YEAH, I WAS A VERY COMPETITIVE
PERSON BEFORE I WAS INJURED. I LOVED SPORTS, SO, DOING, LIKE,
OBSTACLE COURSE RACES, AND HAND CYCLING AND STUFF
LIKE THAT, REALLY IS NOT JUST, YOU KNOW,
FOR ME, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY TO STAY STRONGER AND POSITIVE,
IT’S ABOUT, YOU KNOW, MOTIVATING–
– OTHER PEOPLE. BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE ACTUALLY
LOOK TO YOU WHEN THEY’RE FEELING DOWN AND HAVING A BAD DAY.
THEY’RE LIKE “LET’S CALL FRANZ.” – YEAH, THEY CALL ME UP ON THEIR
PHONE, AND THEY’RE LIKE “HEY, YOU KNOW, I’M HAVING
A REALLY TOUGH TIME,” AND IT’S LIKE
“HEY MAN, STAY POSITIVE.” YOU KNOW, “LET’S GO TO THE
MOVIES, LET’S GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING TOGETHER,” YOU KNOW,
JUST, YOU KNOW, TRY TO PASS THAT TIME, ‘CAUSE
WHEN YOU’RE SITTING ALONE AT HOME, YOU GET DEPRESSED,
AND THAT’S WHY THEY CALL ME AND I GET THEM OUT OF THAT RUT.
– GOOD FOR YOU. YEAH, IT DOES HAVE
A TENDENCY–IF YOU’RE IN A DARK PLACE–IT CAN FEED ON
ITSELF, SO YOU’VE GOTTA LET THE LIGHT IN, AND YOU’VE
GOTTA CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE, AND BE POSITIVE, AND YOU DO THAT
FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. WE KNOW THAT YOU’RE TRYING TO–
YOU’RE TRYING TO BUILD A HOME, A WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE HOME.
I GOT YOU A HOUSEWARMING GIFT. I GOT YOU A HOUSEPLANT THAT
IS SO PRETTY, ‘CAUSE YOU NEED A HOUSEPLANT,
WHEN YOU HAVE A HOUSE. – WHAT?
– AND WE TOLD OUR FRIENDS AT SHUTTERFLY YOUR STORY, AND
THEY WANT TO HELP MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER, SO THEY
WANT TO GIVE YOU $15,000. [cheers and applause]
– WHOA! – WHAT?! [cheers and applause] – OH, MY GOD. – OH, MY GOD! – OH, MY GOD.
– OH, MY GOD! – WHOO!
– FOR INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP BUILD FRANZ AND
SHANNON’S HOME, GO TO OUR WEBSITE.
I WANT TO THANK LISA KUDROW, MAX GREENFIELD AND TWITCH.
I’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW. BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER,
BYE BYE. [cheers and applause]


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