“I know from experience that there aren’t too many folks out there that remember what happened to us so many years ago,” Dan Kremer wrote to us. He went on to say, “It does my heart good to know that Freedom Alliance still remembers. Thank you for all that you’ve done for my family and I.” Dan Kremer was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who became permanently disabled while serving our country. Sergeant Kremer was injured during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in 1983. Despite his extensive injuries, he searched through the wreckage of the destroyed barracks to seek out survivors and administer help. Sergeant Kremer was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery and courage.
His two children, Kira and Daniel Kremer, are both Freedom Alliance Scholarship recipients. Kira graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2009, and plans to graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. Daniel is a sophomore at The University of Albany, SUNY, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Daniel writes that through his childhood, he remembers his father coping with the memories left from his time in the Marines. “Even though I was just a child, I understood that someone awarded a Purple Heart had some ghosts to deal with,” he said.
Because of his father, Daniel wants to pursue a career in psychology. “I want to work with people to help them get through rough times in their lives, whether they are disabled veterans or others dealing with difficult issues,” he said.
Daniel has already shown his commitment to helping others going through rough times in life. In his free time, he volunteers with WHYHeroes, a program at a Veterans Administration Hospital which seeks to boost patient morale, and he volunteers with TopSoccer, an organization that provides athletic training to students with disabilities.