22 US Military Veterans will choose suicide today. They fought for us, it is time we fight for them.
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On April 28th, 2018, Warhorse SCUBA had the honor of presenting the First Annual SGT. Ronald Kubik Scholarship
Here is just a little bit about SGT. Kubik, written by his sister Mary Kubik.
Sgt. Ronald A Kubik
Birth: Jun. 22, 1988
Death: Apr. 23, 2010, Afghanistan
Sgt. Ronald A Kubik, of Brielle, New Jersey lived most of his life in Manchester before moving to Brielle. He attended Manchester High School and Manasquan High School. He was an avid electric guitarist who was a part of a metal band, called “A Void Within”. Kubik joined his high school football and wrestling teams, wrote a column for the school newspaper, called “Adventures with Ron”, took an acting/improv class and liked whitewater rafting and skydiving. He graduated in 2006. Ron enlisted in the Army in March 2007, after attending community college for a few months, and became a proud U.S. Army sergeant and ranger. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga. He served for more than two years as an assistant machine gunner and as a rifle team leader with Company D. Kubik, 21, of Brielle, was killed April 23, 2010 during combat operations by Company D, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Logar Province in eastern Afghanistan. Kubik is buried in the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal by Lt. Gen. John Mulholland. He had also received the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was also later awarded the Silver Star.
My brother had an exceptional gift for adapting to any situation, and fitting in wherever he went. He was sensitive to others without compromising his own beliefs. He once came to school with a lime-green Mohawk, and a vice principal threatened to suspend him. They told him that his hair was a distraction from the learning of other students. Using his own research, Ronnie challenged the suspension all the way to the board of education — and won. He did it because he wanted other kids in future classes to be able to express themselves. The next week, he cut off the Mohawk, having proved his point.
He chose to deploy, even when he didn’t have to, in order to lead his team and protect the guys to his left and right. He brought passion and purpose into everything he did, and I will miss him for the rest of my life. I am forever proud of his choices, and honored to be his older sister.