Is This How We Should Treat One Of Our Finest?

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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If you follow this blog, I posted earlier about the tradgey surrounding the grounding of the Costa Concordia (rant #1). My “hyperlocal” post (rant #2) has to do with a story that appeared in today’s Orange County Register.

According to the story, Eric Freedman, a young former Marine was unceremoniously dismissed from his volunteer lacrosse coaching position at Mission Viejo High School–under circumstances that could be easily described as dubious. I won’t rehash the whole story, which you can read here, but my takeaway is that this guy–who served his country with honor and distinction–should have never been subjected to this kind of treatment. Any claim about “not having filled out paperwork” and “not passing the background check” couldn’t be any more bogus! In order to serve on a Presidential detail–which he did for Presidents Bush and Obama, you must pass a full and complete background/security check, which he had! And apparently, his dismissal was extremely public and embarrassing, causing Freedman to feel “like a piece of trash.” Just what we want one of our “few, proud Marines” to feel. Not only that, his own father–a 20-year veteran Marine–coached the same team, and his own son, no less, which added to Freedman’s humiliation.

To say that there are a lot of folks that owe Freedman a debt of gratitude–and an apology–would be a huge understatement! Judging from the feedback already starting to roll in, I believe there are others who share this writer’s opinion on the matter. Full Disclosure: I also served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps for over 10 years, active and reserve, and take great exception to anyone who would besmirch the character of a good young man that just wanted to coach kids and help them excel–just like his father did for him! Oh, and did I say he was a volunteer?!?

If you agree, feel free to reply to this blog or the “Comments” section of the Register story.

Semper fi, Eric!

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