Leaving it better than when found

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 09:56 AM.

And Silva bears scars from the battlefield that lend him hard-earned bona fides with his fellow soldier.

Silva was wounded Oct. 12, 2010 – as with so many wounded veterans, the start date to his second life is seared in his mind.

To say Silva suffered wounds is to characterize a St. Bernard a mere dog.

He lost a leg, shattered ear drums, lost fingernails, broke ribs, suffered a catastrophic brain injury, collapsed lungs, severe wounds to his stomach and genitalia and had, in effect, his abdomen splayed open.

In an earlier time, during an earlier war, he would have died.

“Now you have their attention,” Silva said of the dialogue after he explains to others his injuries. “They can start becoming productive members of the society.

“I am going to ask them how are they moving forward? I will challenge them. What are they doing to make it better than they found it? That is good for society as a whole. It is such a simple concept. It’s not about what you donate or anything like that. It is what are you doing in your daily life to make society better?”

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