The Purple Heart in George Washington's time was not given for being wounded. This award went to ordinary soldiers for doing something of merit—something that would find favor in the eyes of God. Washington knew they couldn't win if they weren't on God's side. And if they were on God's side, God would bless them.
I've been looking for people who deserve a George Washington badge of merit. Many of you have submitted nominations. Thank you for the love, respect, and consideration you have shown in doing so.
From your hundreds of nominations, we have narrowed it down to three finalists. Now, it's up to you to decide who gets this honor.
Here are this week's candidates:
1. Terry ("The General")
Terry, a Vietnam Veteran, is the man behind a nonprofit recovery home called My Brother's House in Muenster, Texas. His nominator lived in the home for six years, went through his recovery program, and is now 7.5 years sober. He said the facility, which houses up to 40 men, "requires no money to get in. You must convince Terry and his assistants that you are ready to quit drinking and drugging. That's it."
Residents of the home may stay there as long as they need—as long as they commit to sobriety, follow the rules, do their chores, and, for those who are able, work with My Brother's House to find a job.
From his nominator:
Terry is a very fair man but he doesn’t put up with BS. He was one of us. He sees a con game a mile away. He has lots of love in his heart. He is hard on guys at times because he cares. He’s like a father figure to many.
I have seen well over 600 men of all ages including teens come and go. Many have made it and gone on to live and prosper. Some have died. But all of them have been forever touched. I can’t think of anything more meritorious than walking with Grace with God, saving lives, giving back to the community, and feeding the hungry. Terry leads these men. I call him "The General" because he has had the vision and continues to have what it takes to carry this recovery program forward one day at a time!
2. Jenny ("The Resilient Mom")
Jenny is mother of seven, a servant in her community, and a Gold Star Widow. Her husband, Major Brent Taylor, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2018. Not only has she raised her seven children with faith, love, and integrity, but, in the midst of tragedy, she dedicated herself to the service of others.
After her husband’s death, on the day that would have been his 40th birthday, Jenny founded the Major Brent Taylor Foundation, based in North Ogden, Utah. The foundation honors military members and their families, trains up service-oriented leaders, provides scholarships for the next generation, and performs meaningful acts of service.
Beyond her work in the foundation, Jenny is an ambassador for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, serves in her local community, and co-hosts the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast, where she brings on guests who share stories of their most difficult struggles, and how, instead of quitting, they became more resilient.
She has dedicated her life to honoring her husband’s legacy, and in doing so, has created a legacy of her own.
From her nominator:
Anytime I need something she is there. If I don't feel well, she keeps her cell phone on all night in case I need help.
3. Kim ("The Good Neighbor")
Kim “loves her neighbor as herself." She is the one person that comes to her nominator's mind when thinking of honor, merit, integrity, and selflessness.
The message from her nominator says it all:
I lost my husband to suicide in 2015 and my neighbor who lives across the street is always there when I need anything. I am 70 years old. When Covid happened, Kim would get me things I needed at the grocery store and wouldn't let me pay her for them. When I needed a colonoscopy, she took off work to take me. She mowed my lawn one time when I was trying to mow it myself and it was too hot out for me and I was trying to do it after work. She finished mowing it. She has put my trash barrels out for me when the weather is bad. She took me to eat on my birthday. Anytime I need something she is there. If I don't feel well, she keeps her cell phone on all night in case I need help.
Who do you think deserves a badge of merit? Cast your vote below: