July 9, 2009, - 7:14 pm

Photo of the Week

By Debbie Schlussel
This photo, with Tiger Woods, was taken Sunday at the AT&T National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. The man in the wheelchair is U.S. Army Private First Class Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, NY (his father is pictured behind him).

Marrocco, 22, was severely injured early on Easter Sunday when his convoy was blasted in Iraq. He had joined the U.S. Army more than a year ago.
The Staten Island Academy graduate survived the explosion but each of his badly damaged limbs required amputation.
His legs were removed above the knees, while his left arm was amputated below the elbow and the right arm above the elbow.


He also was badly burned, lost teeth and suffered injuries to his left eye.
Marrocco is undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical center in Washington D.C., where it is expected he will be for the next couple of years.
His mother, Michelle, who works for a nursing care company, and his brother, who left a job at Citibank, have both moved to Washington to be closer to Marrocco and help him recover, according to published reports.
Marrocco’s father, Alex, who politely declined to be immediately interviewed for this story, also has taken time off from work to be with his son.

G-d Bless this brave soldier, who gave everything short of his life in service to our country. I pray for him in his recovery.

11 Responses

Deb, this is far better than ESPN’s Bud Light Freeze Frame! And good on Tiger for honoring his dad’s spirit…his dad was a ‘Nam vet.

NEPatriot on July 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Now this is a story that should have pushed Michael Jackson off the front page. I will add it to my blog too.

horselady on July 9, 2009 at 7:53 pm

and king barry wants veterans like this to pay for their own health care.

ender on July 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm

How sweet of Tiger to say hi to him, and I wish that soldier all my best

mindy1 on July 9, 2009 at 8:36 pm

This is just one of the reasons why I love Tiger Woods.

lexi on July 9, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Tiger is one of the most respectable athletes there is. He dominates his profession like Roger Federer in tennis. His is humble about his winning. He never imposes his talent on other. He could be cocky and he isn’t. I believe this is his tournament and it is dedicated to veterans. Great picture.

californiascreaming on July 10, 2009 at 12:48 am

I agree with horselady. Soldiers like Brendan gave this country beyond our and their means, and much more than Michael Jackson and his money machine propaganda.
Thank you Debbie.

Daniel on July 10, 2009 at 1:20 am

Lord have mercy.

joesixpack31 on July 11, 2009 at 1:15 am

Lord have mercy.

joesixpack31 on July 11, 2009 at 1:16 am

So much class, and all of it HIGH.
I saw this (golf addict here) and was very moved.

GOLDENMIKE4393 on July 13, 2009 at 4:47 pm

God bless Brendan.

The government must give him anything that he needs.

Peterterr on September 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

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