Posts Tagged ‘Special Forces’

Today I wanted to remind all our men and women who are serving in war torn areas that their sacrifice isn’t for nothing and that most good American’s appreciate what they do to keep the rest of us safe and free. I personally want to thank all of you. You are truly living by my motto: “You Have To Live Hard To Be Hard“.

Some of you may not understand what that motto means. It is a Special Operations Motto. It was posted on the wall of my team room when I was in Special Forces in Panama way back in 1979. It doesn’t necessarily only apply to military hardships and training. It basically means that if you want to accomplish your dreams you need to work hard. Good things don’t come easy. You may fail sometimes but you can always pick yourself back up and try again. Don’t give up. When things get hard just remember “You Have To Live Hard To Be Hard“. I have said this so many times over the years to my kids, coworkers and everyone around me. It was my way of encouraging them to keep working hard and not wimp out. Things are not always going to be easy in life but you can get through it.

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You Have to Live Hard To Be Hard is the true story of my life. It is focused mostly on two devastating and life changing events in my life: my helicopter accident in July 1994 and the shoot down and death of my brother Art Laguna and 4 other good men that day. I spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, most of it in Special Operations. After Retiring in 2001 I moved to Utah and flew EMS for two hospitals. In 2004 I decided to go to work as a Contractor for a Private Security Company providing security for U.S. diplomats. It was a rewarding job. I love my country and my family. I have been very blessed to have a wonderful family and friends who help me through such hard times. I hope that after reading my book, you will see that we all have hard times in our lives and that we can get through them with the help of family, friends and God.

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