September 11, 2015

Fourteen years ago, Jason was sitting with a bunch of other new recruits waiting to go to the MEPS so that he could become a Marine. He was eating breakfast and happened to look up at the T.V. and saw the news, only he thought it was a movie. He saw an airliner fly into one of the Twin Towers and then found out that it was real. The thought ran through his mind that something was very wrong and after the news caster said that it had been a hi-jacked plane, flown by some unknown middle easterners, he thought, "We're going to war over this one." How right he was. It did not change his mind in the slightest, about joining the Marines, and in fact, he was looking forward to it more.

The problem was that now all the transportation to get down to be inducted, had been shut down, and the folks in charge didn't know quite what to do. The recruits all got to spend another night at the hotel and then the next day parents and others were called to come get them, and they would "hold until further notice." The hold lasted another six days and Jason joined the Marines, still down in the San Diego area, just a week later. And that is what the start of his career looked like.

Today being September 11, is a day that will always be remembered by many people, just like December 7, is still remembered. As a way to honor those who died on that day we had a special visitor, Gary Sinise. He was also here to take part in filming a special program, that will air on PBS, and I believe it is called "The Next Home." We don't know when it will be shown, just that we have been told they will do their best to let us know when, so that we can watch it. CORE, who is a partner with the Gary Sinise Foundation, and did the "Smart" part of the Smart Home was a big part of the filming today, also. It was actually a lot of fun to have them here, and even the girls, Stacy and Jackie were able to join in the fun. Gary also got to spend some private time with Jason, and that was very nice, as well as good for Jason.

Jason managed to stay in bed, for just about all day today, as he is very determined to get the wounds to heal up. I think he is anxious to get some solid help in the seating solution that will allow him to stay in his chair longer, and he wants to move on to the next level of his recovery. There are some serious wheels turning right now, and I am hopeful that there is some positive outcome in the next two or three months. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


  1. Rest safely in the Shepherd's loving arms! Praying!
    Psalms 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

  2. Dear Mr. Ross,
    I am Connor, an 8th grader that goes to the middle school closest to you, and was hoping that you would do an interview for my class project. You can reach me at Thank you for your time, and hope to talk to you soon.


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