Read Don’s final blog post here: “My adventure has come to a close. I am home and just want to wrap up a few thoughts. Many of you know about my trials and attempts at crossing the US. Those times while disappointing to me taught me a lot about things. I love to ride my […]
The Joshua Chamberlain Society is honored to announce our 8th Hero, Sergeant Michael Shuster, 82ndAirborne, United States Army. Michael attended Brown Elementary school in Florissant, Missouri and graduated Hazelwood North High School in 2007. He joined the United States Army in 2008 because of the hope it provided him in making a difference for America and his growth as a young man rising out of some difficult circumstances in North St. Louis County.
On the night of May 17, 2009, Sgt. Shuster departed in a convoy with his Bravo Troop 573 Airborne Recon unit for another mission in Baghdad Alanbar province, one of the most dangerous places in Iraq. Driving a Humvee with 4 of his fellow “All Americans” from the 82nd Airborne, Sgt. Shuster was hit with a first IED (Improvised Explosive Device). Immediately, his nervous system shut down and he could not feel his legs. But, his Humvee rolled on….hitting a second IED. At that point, the truck almost came to a stop, but still kept slowly rolling forward….hitting yet a third IED. The three-IED ambush, that was left to knock out three different trucks in his convoy, all hit Sgt. Shuster’s Humvee. Sgt. Shuster’s injuries are profound. He lost his left arm, suffered a traumatic brain injury, and was sprayed with shrapnel that remains embedded in his face and body to this day.
Despite these injuries, Sgt. Shuster has a tremendous attitude and indomitable spirit all fostered by his loving wife, Kim, who has dedicated her life to caring for Michael in his post-injury recovery. While Sgt. Shuster did not believe that he would ever have children, as a result of his injuries, Kim and Michael were blessed with twin boys, Tristen and Wyatt, born in 2011. The boys are the center of the Shuster’s universe and help drive him to continue to recover from his war injuries.
Michael, Kim, Tristen and Wyatt – thank you for your sacrifice and your daily struggles to recover. We are honored that your family has become part of the JCS Family!
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JCS is working to evaluate further precautions we will take to ensure the safety of our guests, Heroes, and staff for upcoming events. For the Price of Freedom Gala, foremost, safety precautions will include providing face masks to all guests and hand sanitizer will be readily available. As we are sure has been common in other areas of […]
What a rare and humbling opportunity. Two Medal of Honor recipients spoke at the Nashville Gala on November 2nd. Medal of Honor Recipients, James C. McCloughan, Specialist 5 United States Army and David Bellavia, Staff Sergeant United States Army. They were absolutely amazing, and you could have heard a pin drop while they were speaking. David [...]
On November 8, 2019 Sgt. Michael Shuster U.S. Army was the recipient of a Ford Escape via the recycled rides program. The Shuster family applied for the program in July. In partnership, Schaeffer Autobody Centers, Travelers Insurance, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car provided the Shuster family with a more reliable vehicle. The Recycled Rides program works to donate […]
Good Morning – I wanted to take a few moments and send out a heartfelt THANK-YOU to all our volunteers, participants and donors that made the First Annual JCS-Houston Clay Shoot a resounding success. The time spent up front by our board members, our volunteer coordinators, our sponsors and by all those that have held [...]
On October 27th, JCS supporter Tim Mooney completed the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington D.C. This was a grueling 26.2 mile run in the pouring rain. Tim completed the race with 30,000 other participants and represented JCS throughout the day. Tim also challenged his friends to support him on this run by raising money to [...]
Jay Vermillion ended up with some large holes in his ceiling and walls after getting some electrical work done. JCS reached out to our generous supporter Clayco, and within a week Clayco and Wies Drywall were at the Vermillion home donating their time and treasure to make the necessary repairs. The Vermillion family was so [...]
On October 31st, 2019, Great Nonprofits will announce JCS as a 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit. This is only possible through our JCS community. The stories and experiences that our followers shared with Great Nonprofits gives us the opportunity to make this list. JCS is extremely grateful for the people that make our mission possible and believe […]
Corporal Tyler Huffman Promoted!
Read about the 2019 11th Shoot for the Troops.