November 9, 2014

Honoring U.S. Marine Corps warriors Eric Shaffer, Thembisa Shaffer, Navy Warriors Jonathan & Eileen Kohl, U.S. ArmySgt Franz Walkup & the Gold Star Families of Lt. Col David Frankenhauser & Major Robert Marchanti

Marine 1st SGT Eric Schaffer has been on 5 deployments & serving our country since 2003. While deployed to Iraq on his 2nd tour, Shaffer was injured by mortar fire. The Purple Heart recipient’s physical wounds have since healed, however, Eric still occasionally suffers from PTSD.

In December of 2012, 1st LT Jonathan Kohl deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan. Three months later on March 16, 2013, his helicopter crashed taking the life of his co-pilot and severely injuring Jon.

Miraculously, Jon survived the long ordeal from Afghanistan back to the United States. He has made amazing strides in his recovery and continues to improve & inspire everyday. Jon’s wife, LT Aileen Kohl, USN, has been by his side through his recovery. The two plan to move into their own home located in Maryland in the near future.

Franz Walkup’s brother, Army 1st LT Frank B Walkup IV, was killed in action in June of 2007 while serving in Iraq. After his older brother passed Franz was inspired to join the military.

On September 29th, While deployed in Afghanistan, Franz was injured & sustained five gunshot wounds from Afghan National Army soldiers.

Sgt Walkup is still recovering at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, MD. He works hard every day to heal and won’t stop until he is able to walk again. Franz wants to to lead, inspire and train other soldiers. Franz is from Tennessee and cheers for the Titans. Lucky for him the Ravens were hosting the Titans and we made his warrior wishes come true at the game! Follow Franz SGT Franz Walkup “forever home”

MAJ Robert Marchanti was killed in action while serving our country on February 25th, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. He was an avid Ravens fan & would have turned 51 years old on the day we honored his legacy at the Ravens game. It was an honor to host his sons and celebrate his life & birthday at the game.