THE PAIN-2-POWER PERSON OF THE WEEK: REPRESENTATIVE DAN CRENSHAW
Representative Dan Crenshaw, the Congressman representing Texas’ 2nd Congressional district, announced on Saturday that he would be undergoing eye surgery on his left eye to reattach his retina that would leave him essentially blind and “off the grid” for about a month. Crenshaw lost his right eye to an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan, during his third deployment as a Navy Seal with Seal Team 3. His left eye was injured, too. Despite those injuries, however, and the surgery that followed them, Crenshaw continued to serve in the Navy for four more years, completing a fourth tour in Bahrain and a fifth tour in South Korea.
A little more about Dan Crenshaw: He graduated Tufts University in 2006 with a degree in international relations, then obtained his master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His first deployment as a Seal was to Fallujah, Iraq. During his tenure as a Seal he was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Commendation with valor. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy Seals.
Here’s more: Dan Crenshaw lost his mother when he was 10-years-old. His father, a petroleum engineer, raised him abroad, including time in Ecuador and Columbia, where Crenshaw graduated from Colegio Nueva Granada in 2002.
After surviving all that, Crenshaw also survived Me, Too accusations that never went anywhere. Yeah, him, too. Did they really think they could stop Dan Crenshaw with rumors when he had survived being blown up by an IED?
Dan Crenshaw has always turned pain into power. I wish I could tell him this: You, Sir, will always see further than your detractors and further than the vast majority of men. I can imagine that fear of the dark visits you. No one is immune to fear. But be reminded that many of us know you see the Light and always will and can help guide the rest of us there.
Dr. Keith Ablow
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