Sgt. Michael ShusterUS Army

    St. Louis

    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

    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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. […]

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    Dear JCS Family, JCS has played an integral part of my journey leading up to my first year of college at University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).  I am proud to say that I have successfully completed my first year as a student, majoring in Elementary Education, which has been a longtime passion of mine.  JCS has […]

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    Yesterday, our JCS Hero Josh Eckhoff and Advisory Board Member Don Forth were interviewed by Fox 2 News. They were able to discuss the upcoming Bike for Heroes ride and Don's cross country ride to raise money for JCS.  Josh and Don did an outstanding job representing JCS!  If you want to get involved, or to [...]

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    On Monday, April 18, 2017, our dear friend, and Advisory Board member, Dan Esser passed away suddenly. Dan was a longtime supporter and volunteer for the Joshua Chamberlain Society, a mission he accepted with pleasure after having served in the US Army. Dan will be sorely missed by his JCS family and friends. Our thoughts and [...]

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    Thanks to your generous contributions, JCS was able to present Serena Kisseloff with a new Jeep.  Serena graduated from high school early and is preparing to start her new life at college.  This Jeep will provide her with safe transportation while at school and when she wants to come home to visit.  We are looking [...]

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    The event benefited the Joshua Chamberlain Society’s (JCS) Nashville Chapter, which provides life-long support to veterans who sustain permanent combat injuries fighting for our nation’s freedom. Homeland security and law enforcement specialist Lt. Col. Herman Statum was the keynote speaker who will address the current terrorist threat to the United States. JCS Heroes were also [...]

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