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.
Staff Sgt. Matthew Loheide heard the sound and looked up. He had expected the bomb falling from the sky to target an insurgent position 200 yards away. Instead, it was going to land perilously close to Loheide and his men.
“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.