Terry “Tuffy” Shallenberger, Jr. knows the meaning of hard work. It’s a lesson his parents taught him and his first big client proved true. And for that he is grateful.
“I was running a bulldozer in 7th grade. After school and in the summers, I worked with my parents (Terry and Norma) in the family’s pool business. They taught me that if you want something, you have to work for it,” he said.
Tuffy embraced hard work, so much so that he considers it to be his only hobby. “It’s all I know,” he said.
While he didn’t like school work, he loved being a student of construction and surrounded himself with people who could teach him the trade. One of those people was a family friend who did municipal work. Continue reading
Jeremy Feldbusch couldn’t see, but he could hear the voice of his parents. He couldn’t understand how it was possible since he was in Iraq guarding the Haditha Dam along the Euphrates River from insurgents as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
But this member of the U.S. Army 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment wasn’t in Iraq anymore. Jeremy now lay severely wounded in Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas.
On April 3, 2003, the special operations ranger was hit by shrapnel from two incoming artillery rounds that detonated 10 meters away – damaging the optic nerve behind his left eye and embedding in the frontal lobe of his brain. His brain injury also left him blinded.
Jeremy was in a different battle – a fight for his life. Continue reading