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U.S. Army veteran Frankie Sanchez Sr. served for 23 years, but in 2016, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The nerve condition, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has left him confined to a wheelchair. But on May 28, he stood up for his son’s graduation from Air Force Basic Training.

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At this point, I’d be tempted to call the public’s infatuation with Mike Rowe borderline fanatical were it not just so well-deserved. The guy gets it. He’s one of the few celebrities who, during a time when many of his peers are using their fame as a platform to reinforce divisions between left and right, manages to garner respect and adoration from folks across the political spectrum. Whatever his politics may be, he’s an American first. A patriot through and through.    

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