Kuhel provides lesson to us all

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 04:30 AM

There as been a lot of news lately surrounding our military and a prisoner exchange to bring one of them home.

And, in typical fashion, the national media has done its part to find the negative in every nook and cranny of the story.

But, here in Rutherford County, we were witness to one of the most positive military stories around.

The Daily Courier’s Jean Gordon met Justin Kuhel while he walked through Rutherford County Thursday.

Kuhel, a four-year veteran of the Marine Corps., is walking across the country — from Camp Lejuene, in North Carolina to Camp Pendleton in California as part of the March Across America project while is a fundraiser for the Help our Military Heroes campaign and The Headstrong Project.

This isn’t Kuhel’s first effort either.

In 2012, Kuhel walked from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. — a distance of nearly 400 miles — and raised $13,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Help our Military Heroes assists military veterans with physical injuries and The Headstrong Project help those veterans with mental issues.

Both very worthy causes.

But, what this young man is doing is extraordinary.

He is taking his time and his efforts to help his brothers-in-arms.

And that is something we can all take a lesson from.

His journey will be long and, no doubt, will come with difficulty. But, those along his route should stand ready to show support and help Kuhel on his mission.

The lesson here is we should take helping our fellow person as an obligation, not a fleeting thought. We all know of those less fortunate than ourselves and even the simplest kind gesture can make all the difference in the world.

Kuhel’s gesture is a little more than simple and we should applaud his efforts.

And our veterans should not be left by the wayside when it comes to helping. Stories come daily about veterans coping with the struggles of war and the attempt to revert back to civilian life. That transition is not an easy one.

Kuhel is an exemplary soldier who served his country in the far reaches of the world. He, like many of our veterans in Rutherford County, served with honor and distinction.

We part with the primary reason why Kuhel is undertaking this journey:

“Everybody needs a little bit of help sometimes,” he said.

This is true and we should all learn from Kuhel’s mission to do his part to provide that help.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark