May 30

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I just finished an amazing book about the smallest man to ever serve in the United State Military.

His name was Richard Flaherty and even though he was just 4 foot 7 inches tall and 97 pounds, he was a giant among men. In fact, the name of the book is “The Giant Killer.”

He had a mountain of obstacles and ridicule to overcome just to get into the Army. But he didn’t stop there. He went on to become a Green Beret and eventually worked field operations for the CIA. This all took place during and directly after the Vietnam War.

Sadly, Richard struggled with what we now call PTSD and ended up homeless on the streets of Florida. The only reason we even know his story is because a Florida police detective befriended this small, humble man and slowly learned his story and became one of his only friends.

Tragically, Richard lost his earthly life in a suspicious hit-and-run accident a number of years ago.

Today is a day we need to remember and pray for Richard and all those brave men and women like him who gave everything for their country. 

But we shouldn’t relegate our homage to just one day. Every day you wake and realize the freedoms you enjoy to be able to create the life you want, remember those to whom we are eternally in debt.

Those who gave everything for something greater than themselves.

Committed to your success,
Ernie Vargas | The Probate Fox

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