Earlier this month BLR Malibu was honored to host a very special guest, 2011 Medal of Honor recipient, Sergeant Dakota Meyer. During his week stay, Dakota spoke to BLR guests and shared his experience and actions that led him to receive the Nations highest military award.
One thing in particular that stood out during his presentation was when he challenged us to look differently at things that happen to us in life. He explained, "We often look at things in our lives as situations, but what if we start looking at them as opportunities? Think of all we can accomplish and achieve." When Dakota was serving in Afghanistan, and placed in what can only be described as a horrific situation, he saw that as an opportunity; an opportunity to utilize his skills and duties as a marine to help his fellow soldiers and civilians to safety.
On that day, September 8th, 2009 during the Battle of Ganjgal, Sergeant Meyer, with the aid of Afghan soldiers, evacuated 12 civilians and 24 Marine soldiers from death. He is the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the first living United States Marine in 38 years to be so honored.
For more on Dakota's heroic story watch his feature on CBS "60 Minutes". Below, Dakota sends a special message from BLR Malibu.