Grace Under Pressure: Michael Cooney

By Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

Staff sergeant Jeremy Cooney has seen his share of courage while serving in Afghanistan, but he found the epitome when he returned home. Surprising his six-year-old son, Michael, at his school, the U.S. Marine got a surprise himself. The boy walked twenty five steps towards his father before falling into the warrior’s anxious arms. Michael has cerebral palsy, a cruel disease that affects brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. Told by doctors her son would never walk, Michael’s mom, Melissa, and his siblings have worked tirelessly with him for weeks to master the miracle. And it was all hush-hush from SSgt. Cooney who made the thousands of miles journey to surprise his son. Here’s the life affirming video:

Source: CBS News

Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

9 thoughts on “Grace Under Pressure: Michael Cooney”

  1. Thank you for such a touching story. It brought tears to my eyes. I get a kick out of seeing these videos of our military men and women surprising their family. It serves to me as a friendly reminder of what really matters in life, how good I have it, and the awesome sacrifice these military men and women make for our country.

  2. mespo:

    great story.

    also Doctors should STFU about what people are capable of. I know of a person with a child with CP and he gets around pretty good and the doctors told her the same thing. she refused to believe it.

    Doctors can be so full of shit.

  3. Dredd,

    Veterans of the Gulf War and the 2003 war against Saddam Hussein have long complained about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other health issues from combat duty in Iraq and the Gulf region. “Gulf War syndrome” has been chalked off to everything from the alleged release of nerve agents by Hussein and vaccines administered to troops to the use of insecticides and psychosomatic emotional issues. Military insiders have revealed that classified studies point out that 70 percent of PTSD issues have been linked to the use of the TCP neuro-toxin in fuel used in military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees.

    WMR has been told that mechanics who serviced military vehicles that returned from Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom became mentally ill from the effects of TCP. In addition, a series of brutal murders, especially many in Fort Bragg, North Carolina involving combat veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, including Special Forces personnel who murdered their wives before committing suicide, may be linked to previous exposure to TCP. TCP exposure has been linked to extreme psychosis among returning combat veterans, including U.S. Marine Corps and Army Special Forces personnel.

  4. Mark,
    That is beautiful and as a father I can imagine the joy and pride.

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