Ready for the inspirational story of the week? This past week, the internet introduced us to Taylor Morris, a Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal tech from Cedar Falls, Iowa. If you’re looking for an inspirational story, this is it – it’s a story packed with courage, grit, and humor. It’s also an incredibly moving love story. And if it doesn’t convince you to move veterans up to the top of your hiring list, well, nothing will.

On May 3, 2012, Taylor stepped on an IED. The explosion claimed both legs, his left arm and his right hand. Now a life-changing event of that magnitude would slow most of us down. Not Taylor – he’s apparently got too much life to live. Follow his story over the four and a half months since his injury occurred – right through to his welcome home parade — a model for how our injured vets should be treated — and on to his wedding to his sweetheart and partner, Danielle. Incredibly, and against all odds, Taylor danced at his own wedding. Tim Dodd,a photographer and hometown friend chronicles Taylor’s recovery in a three part narrative with photos and video clips.

We encourage you to set aside some time to read the three entries Tim has posted, but if you have limited time, the excellent photos tell the story.
Part 1: Do you know my friend TaylorMorris?
Part 2: Have you seen my friend Taylor walk?
Part 3: Did you see my friend Taylor come home?

You can follow more about Taylor Morris at his journal.

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There are thousand of inspirational stories to be found among our veteran service members. Returning service members face the challenge of reintegration in the family, the workplace, the community. Some will face the special challenges of coping with physical or psychological wounds, such as PTSD. ESI EAP offers members a variety of services addressing the challenges of military deployment. We also have resources for employers. To learn more about how ESI EAP can help, give us a call: 800-535-4841.


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