Mark Lee Greenblatt is the author of "Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front," which tells true stories of American military heroes. Mark has been interviewed on NBC, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News Radio, CSPAN-Book TV, Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal TV, and dozens of other media outlets. He received an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, and a Senior Managers degree in Government Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mark is currently an attorney specializing in criminal and ethics investigations and earned a black-belt in tae-kwon-do. He lives with his family in the Washington, D.C., area.
“Ambush Alley.” That was what they called this side street. It was nestled in the Sangin district of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, a Taliban stronghold. The street was just 8 feet wide, with 10-foot brick walls lining either side.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer
I can’t help but think about a wonderful couple I met during a recent book signing in San Antonio, Texas. I can’t shake Oren and Gloria’s story. To me, it perfectly illustrates why our military personnel and their families deserve our respect. Theirs is a simple story — nothing like the death-defying accounts of bravery on the battlefield in my book “Valor” — but it reveals another kind of heroism that should also give us pause.