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10-13-2006, 07:58 PM
By Verena Dobnik
Associated Press

NEW YORK — A group of Marines and former Marines who fought in Iraq — including two wounded there — is featured in a beefcake calendar being sold to help wounded veterans.

“It’s a stopgap effort to help people where government programs leave off,” said Rudy Reyes, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan and is on the calendar’s cover. “This is a way for citizens to help citizens.”

The “America’s Heroes” calendar is being sold by Freedom is Not Free, a San Diego-based nonprofit group that helps injured service members and their families with such expenses as travel, mortgage and utility bills and special beds for burn victims.

Reyes and the other men who appear in the glossy 2007 lineup served in Iraq in the elite Marine Reconnaissance units. Sgt. James Wright, 31, who lost his hands and part of his leg, appears on the back cover in full uniform, saluting with what’s left of his right arm.

Several members of the group, promoting the calendar on a cross-country tour, said Thursday they have medical conditions, ranging from combat stress-related symptoms to injuries to their feet, knees, hips and backs from carrying combat loads of more than 200 pounds.

When service members come back, “many don’t have the financial or emotional support to get back to daily life,” said former Sgt. Michael Saucier, 24, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, who served two Iraq tours and is now a carpenter’s apprentice in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

All but one of the men had to be coaxed to pose shirtless for the calendar.

“I wasn’t afraid to pose. This is the new-generation Marines,” quipped Sean Mickle, 31, a Marine platoon sergeant at Camp Pendleton, California.

The $15 calendar promises that “100 percent of proceeds aid wounded heroes and their families.”

Production expenses were covered by private donations to Freedom is Not Free, founded last year by entrepreneur David Dominguez.

“There is a need,” he said. “Some Iraq veterans are so depressed when they get back they can’t even fill out the papers required for benefits.”

The calendar is the brainchild of his client Jean Hamerslag, a California advertising executive who suggested that the organization’s fundraising needed something that would grab the public’s attention.

“Sex,” she said with a giggle.

Former Marine Corps Sgt. Rudy Reyes of Kansas City, Mo., is the cover model for the 2007 calendar “America’s Heroes: Reconnaissance Marines.” Profits from calendar sales are earmarked for veterans’ causes. — Tim Mantoani / Freedom Is Not Free / AP Photo

10-13-2006, 08:00 PM

well a mans gotta make a living!

10-13-2006, 08:01 PM
Wait...that's the guy from Generation Kill?rofl:)

10-13-2006, 08:08 PM
Wait...that's the guy from Generation Kill?rofl:)

What's so funny about wounded Marines?

10-13-2006, 09:19 PM
black humour - is a brit thing, I dont know about genreation kill though that was some septic!

10-13-2006, 09:38 PM
Wow, those Recon Marines look pretty strong.

10-13-2006, 09:42 PM
Wow, those Recon Marines look pretty strong.

Calendar up on your wall already.:)

10-13-2006, 09:47 PM
Wow, those Recon Marines look pretty strong.

Ever tried using crutches?

10-13-2006, 10:34 PM
Calendar up on your wall already.:)


10-13-2006, 11:26 PM
Wait...that's the guy from Generation Kill?rofl:)

Holy Crap your right!

10-14-2006, 12:21 AM
What's so funny about wounded Marines?
What's funny is his character in the book and seeing him become a day celebrity online because of his body.

10-14-2006, 02:03 AM
Is that book any good? Ive heard nothing but bad things about it. I guess it doesnt paint us recon boys in a nice light.

10-14-2006, 03:59 AM
As I recall, the author (a Rolling Stone writer) portrayed the guys in the story as sort of aimless, just driving across the desert and shooting during the day, sleeping at night. There was an out of control officer called "Captain America".

I took it with a grain of salt becasue, having been an 0311, it didn't seem to be a very realistic portrayal of the USMC. I think maybe the author wanted to write something akin to "MASH" or "Catch 22". An anti-war war story.

10-14-2006, 05:38 AM
Wait...that's the guy from Generation Kill?rofl:)

And "One Bullet Away-The Making Of A Marine Officer". Poor guy :-(