Meet our sixth Hero, Army SFC. Ofren Arrechaga. Sgt. Arrechaga married Seana Minikhiem on September 1, 2007 and shortly thereafter deployed to Iraq for the third time. When he returned home for R&R he and Seana welcomed the birth of their new son Alston into the world on March 28, 2008. Ofren then returned to [...]
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!
Keep up with Mike
We have been trying for sometime to get Jeremy admitted to the wonderful VA nursing home in Clarksville which is only 20 minutes from his parents’ home. Thanks to our Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Many-Bears Grinder, Jeremy is now there and doing so well. It is a state of the art facility with all […]
JCS/Nashville would like to thank Home Lift for their due diligence and exceptional service in building and installing a custom curved stairway lift for our 5th Hero, CW3 Jeremy Miller. Due to severe breathing problems, CW3 Miller had extreme difficulty ascending his stairway in his home. In fact, his wife, Cindy had to literally push [...]
Phoenix Textiles employees raised money to adopt two JCS families for Christmas. Phoenix has been a frequent supporter of JCS and our local heroes. This past Christmas the employees "paid" to decorate a Christmas tree in the office. That money was used to purchase gifts for two families. Thank you Phoenix employees for your continued [...]
KF Landscape crews provided free labor to help local JCS Hero remove shrubs and ornamental grass from his yard. Thank KF for your support of our Heroes.
A benefit was held Saturday September 9 at the Arnold VFW Post 2593. With an attendance of more than 250, the mostly Cleveland High School alums, danced, took 50/50 and raffle chances and bid on Silent Auction items to raise money for the Joshua Chamberlain Society. Through the efforts of the SSGT Ron Bozikis Memorial [...]
Phoenix Textile Employees Do It Again! Local O'Fallon company Phoenix Textiles, thru it's employees, raised over $1,800 dollars to help purchase a trailer for JCS hero Michael Shuster. Michael has been renting a trailer every couple of weeks to haul his mower to his moms house to mow for her. He is hoping with this [...]
McCarthy Building Company's "Heart Hats" have been working at the family home of Sgt. Michael Shuster for the last week. This group of volunteers was comprised of IT Department workers from all over the country. The team helped in finishing the basement, fixing and painting walls, replacing light fixtures and fans, and various other "to [...]
Elks Lodge #9 Second Annual BBQ Contest On Saturday, May 20th, the Elks Lodge hosted its second annual BBQ contest to benefit JCS. JCS has been the benefactor of several fundraisers by this lodge. We are grateful for the support of the Veterans Committee, and the members of Lodge #9. Thank you for your commitment to [...]
A local St. Louis company, Patriot Sunrooms, stepped up in a big way to support a JCS Hero. On Saturday, employees of Patriot Sunrooms volunteered to install all new windows, storm doors, and gutter guards in Josh Eckhoffs house. They also power washed the home and planted flowers. The materials and labor were generously donated. […]