America's enemies couldn't kill Sgt. Michael Verardo on the battlefield. In fact, their attempts to stop him only strengthened him and his amazing wife, Sarah.

Rhode Island native Michael Verardo always wanted to be a soldier. Some men have that internal drive for adventure and to defend their country.

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he was committed to serving in the military. He joined the army and earned the blue cord of an infantryman and a slot in the world famous 82nd Airborne Division after graduating from airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He also has earned the coveted Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart from his time in defending America in Afganistan. He was nearly killed by a bomb in 2010.

Sgt Verardo has had a strong woman by his side in his recovery. Sarah Verardo has developed into an advocate for all veterans and the family members of veterans. Inspired by the experience of her daughter she has written a children's book about wounded veterans. She is the executive director of The Independence Fund that helps the real life needs of veterans and their families.

Sarah joined me on my program for Military Monday (see the video above) to discuss the work that is so necessary.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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