My plan for this post was to give you a look into Major Ed Pulido's life and the mission he has taken on and why but Major Ed's story is a story that only he can tell. It comes from the heart with passion, excitement, a little sadness but most of all, it's about triumph and dedication to so many causes near and dear to his heart. Major Ed is the Senior VP of Military Affairs with the Folds of Honor Foundation. Along with that, this great and heroic man also founded the Warriors for Freedom Foundation which is a leadership institute focused on mental, physical and wellness support of our wounded veterans and their families. While traveling with his convoy in 2004, Major Ed's vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Major Ed Pulido may have lost his left leg but his soul and his constant battle for freedom still rings at a high volume and with such awesome excitement.
Major Ed is a lifelong partner, supporter and friend of The Dave Wieger Memorial Fund. He travels the country more days out of the year than anyone should but he does it because of his passion to bring awareness of the need that military families deserve. He has told me many times that out of all the prestigious events he attends and speaks at, The Dave Wieger Memorial Golf Event is in his top five favorite events to attend. It's not a corporate affair or a fancy black tie gala; it's about friends and family getting together to honor one single man, one heroic individual who risked it all. Major never met Dave, but he certainly knows Dave; he knows what Dave fought for and eventually sacrificed for. After attending the Dave Wieger Memorial Golf Event for the past seven years, Major Ed understands the idea behind what we do and why we do it. Watching him interact with Dave's friends and the Wieger family is a somber and humble thing to see. Watching Mrs. Wieger embrace Major would bring a tear to anyone's eyes.
I really would like to continue to tell Major Ed's story in written words, but that wouldn't do him any justice coming from me. You need to see and hear Major Ed speak. You will instantly be motivated, inspired and fully understand the work the Folds of Honor Foundation is doing for this country's military families.
Did I mention Major Ed is a huge Steelers fan?! Steeler nation baby!!
Ladies and gentlemen....Major Ed Pulido.