"Before we start our wedding ceremony we wanted to take a moment and thank a very special member of our family. You may have noticed the beautiful young lady that walked down here with our little jellybean. This isn't because she asked first or we didn't know who else should carry her down the aisle. Melissa and the sacrifices of herself and her late husband SSG Jamie jarboe are the very reason we are here today.
Some of you know her and know her story but for those of you who don't, Jamie was shot in the neck by a sniper in Afghanistan at the very same fob that myself and some of you called home. He fought for his life for nearly year before taking his last breath. One of his dying wishes was that Melissa take care of his brothers and sisters in arms. Melissa spent the next few years of her life creating the Military Veteran Project, she did anything and everything she could to help soldiers and their families with any issues they were having. She helped Allie and her then husband with his ptsd and anger issues as well as provide her the resources necessary to help keep herself and her children safe from him after he tried to take her life. Melissa also helped me straighten out my medical care and any issues I was having. If it weren't for these two amazingly selfless people, Allie and I would have never met and we all would not be standing or sitting here today. So we thought it was only appropriate that Melissa carried down the life that was created from the loss of her husbands life and to know that he did not fight and die in vain and that their sacrifices will never be forgotten. His memory will live on in the most beautiful way possible. Another life. Thank you Melissa for everything you've done, not only for us but for all our brothers and sisters. At this time I ask that we all take a moment of silence to thank SSG Jamie jarboe for the sacrifices he made for his country and family." -Zac Gore