September 9, 2013 – Run Monte, Run!
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo did something today fort he first time since being injured, he ran!!!!!! We are so incredibly proud of Monte and this HUGE accomplishment! He is so excited about receiving his running legs and it shows in his smiles every time we mention his new milestone. Monte continues to inspire so many people, even though he thinks its just another normal day. His conviction and dedication to healing and attaining a “normal” status, is amazing. We are so happy for Monte and know that he will continue to challenge himself and those around him. AIRBORNE!!!!!
August 14, 2013 – Meeting Barry Zito
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and his daughter, met Barry Zito, pitcher for the SF Giants! Monte was on cloud nine considering the Giants are his favorite MLB team. Take a moment to check out what Barry has been doing lately for the troops, through his organization, “Strikeouts for Troops”. Thanks for taking the time to honor our nations hero’s Barry!
August 5, 2013 – Cycle
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo was fitted for a hand cycle today! These bikes are an excellent way to stay healthy and have fun doing it. Monte is also looking forward to getting his running legs this fall. He may have some races in the near future where he will be putting his new equipment to work!
July 17, 2013 – Tribute
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo’s sister made a tribute to him for his “Alive Day”! The infamous fishy scar is now the infamous fishy tattoo. As seen in the picture, one of Monte’s scars is shaped like a goldfish cracker!
July 14, 2013 – One amazing woman
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo describes his girlfriend as his cornerstone, who has been there with him from day one. After Monte’s injury, she rushed to be by his side and has been there since. She is an amazing woman, who’s selflessness and caring, has helped Monte heal from catastrophic injuries. Her support has been critical to Monte being successful in his journey and he says there no way he could have done it without her there. Here’s a big shout out to Amanda and all she has done for Monte and his family!
July 9, 2013 – Family
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and his siblings. Most of them were in town for his Alive Day and wrapped him in loving arms! Family has been a critical component in Monte’s recovery recipe. He was very happy that they came from all over the US to spend such a special day with him!
July 4, 2013 – Happy Alive Day, Monte!
HAPPY ALIVE DAY WOUNDED WARRIOR MONTE BERNARDO!!! We love you and are so proud of you. Please leave a message of encouragement on this amazing day! No one can say it better than him. “Right now, is the exact time 1 year ago that I stepped on that bomb. It’s 11:00 AM on the 4th of July in DeMaiwand, Afghanistan….. And this still stands!!!!
Alive and kicking, the Taliban can’t phase me, they can try, but here I come rising from the of ashes of their little bomb, 3 outta 4 limbs, less than I had and still as strong as ever, bring it…….”.
Still getting stronger, and I say to the world, I will not quit, I will not fail, and if you think otherwise you go ahead and let me know and I will promptly prove you wrong!!! Don’t tell me you can’t, cause you’re only lying to yourself. The limits are only what you place on yourself….”
June 25, 2013 – Extremes
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo is all about extremes! He had to find the biggest hill he could to test out his new track chair and it passed the test! Such an awesome invention and Monte will definitely push it to the limit. He is looking forward to many days ahead hunting and fishing!
June 24, 2013 – Notes of Love Event
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo will be in College Station for the Notes of Love Event at King Oaks put on by Operation Finally Home, Sat 6/29. This is a picture of the frame going up at his home site! We are so excited and want to thank Mark Weber of Weber Custom Homes for helping to make Monte’s life a little easier. Please check out Mark’s website and give him a call if you are in the market to build! http://
June 22, 2013 – Ramps
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo conquering ramps at Walter Reed! He has been working so hard, to get ready for his running legs. He will hopefully have them soon and continues to push through his daily routine. Thank you for all the support and continue to share Monte’s story with everyone you know!
June 18, 2013 – Terry Collins
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and New York Mets Manager Terry Collins! He stopped by Walter Reed to let all the guys know how much their sacrifice and dedication means to him. Thanks for the support Terry!
June 16, 2013 – Happy Father’s Day
Happy Fathers Day from Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo!!! We are so happy that Monte and all the other Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed are able to spend such a special day with those they love and cherish. Pictured is Monte’s daughter, mother and GF, a few weeks ago in Portland, OR. Have a great day everyone!
June 13, 2013 – New Home
This is a photo of Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo’s new home! The slab is poured and we are getting ready for the next phase – framing! We would like to thank each of the builders for their generous efforts in building this home for Monte. Today’s featured builder is Randall Pitcock.http://pitcockhomes.com/ He had a vision for Monte’s new home and a very touching story that lead him to this project. Thank you is not enough to show these builders how appreciative we are, but it is a good start.
June 12, 2013 – Special visitor
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo had visit from family friend Larwence Romo, Director of Selective Service System; “Very Honored to Spend Time at Walter Reed Medical Center with Monte Bernardo, brother of Alamo City Rugby Football Club Alumnus Frank Bernardo, and girlfriend, Amanda. Monte is a great warrior, individual recovering from combat injuries. Monte and Amanda will eventually move to College Station and be Aggies. We Appreciate His Honored Military Service to our Great Country and wish them well. God Bless the USA!”
June 6, 2013 – Just keep swimming
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and his brother at The Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio a few weeks ago. Both looking great and feeling great! Monte was practicing his swimming skills for a triathlon and was very happy his bro could jump in too.
June 3, 2013 – Kellie Pickler
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and Amanda were able to meet Kellie Pickler! She and her husband came by Walter Reed to support our wounded service members and we are so glad they did. She was so sweet and very nice to everyone she met. She gave Monte a huge hug and was a real class act. We appreciate her taking time out of an already busy concert schedule to visit the guys. Thanks Kellie!
June 2, 2013 – Action Track Chair
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo got a new Action Track chair! Proudly made in AMERICA! Thank you Americas Fund for helping him continue to be the outdoors-man he loves to be!!!
May 30, 2013 – Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna came to visit Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed the other day! Everyone was mentioning “the guy from Criminal Minds” and when Monte’s sister saw him she said, “the dude from Baby’s Day Out!” He looked so surprised! They all started laughing and he mentioned it was an “oldie”. This picture just happened to catch the moment where they were all discussing it! Thanks for the much needed laugh Joe!
May 29, 2013 – 4 Wheel to Heal
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo had a great visit with J.P. from 4 Wheel to Heal. 4 Wheel To Heal (4W2H) is dedicated to taking Wounded Veterans, from all branches of service, to off-roading events. These events involve four wheeling, rock crawling, mud bogging, shooting and camping. Their mission is to boost morale of these veterans and give them an experience they will never forget.
May 24, 2013 – Set your DVRs for Monday night!
Get ready people… Set your DVR. Set your alarm. Whatever it is, do it because Monday at 10pm, ten amazing warriors (Monte included) show the world what it’s like to move on after their injuries by participating in the American Heroes Saltwater Fishing Challenge. You will laugh, you will cry but most importantly you will wonder what the heck you are doing with your life. So tune in to the National Geographic channel on Monday May 27th at 10pm EST. And pass the word along so others can be inspired by these amazing heroes!!!
May 23, 2013 – Mimi’s graduation
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and his sister who just graduated from Lewis and Clark University in Portland Oregon! He had a great time visiting family and eating fantastic food. Then it was back to the grind in DC.
May 20, 2013 – Triathlon gang
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and the rest of the triathlon gang. Included are other Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed, Columbia and Georgia (the nation not the state, they are our coalition partners in Afghanistan). Also pictured are some of the volunteers, PT’s and OT’s. What a great trip thanks to all that made it possible!!!
May 19, 2013 – Pizza
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and his fellow triathletes after an exhausting day of training. They took all the Wounded Warriors out to Big Lou’s in San Antonio to do a little training on pizza eating. This 42″ monster was featured on Man vs Food and a little more than we could handle. Needless to say, we ended up with a few doggie bags. http://
May 17, 2013 – Rapids
Epic shot of Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo kayaking on some rapids in San Marcos, TX last week! Thanks to the volunteers at Disabled Sports USA, who helped make this trip so special for all the guys! http://
May 15, 2013 – Flowrider
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo shredding on the “Flowrider” at Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio! Such an awesome pic of Monte fearlessly dropping in on the half pipe. He did some pretty cool stuff last week that he will remember forever. These events made him even more aware that he can literally do anything, if he puts his mind to it! Please continue to share Monte’s story and donate to his recovery fund at http://
May 13, 2013 – Triathlon
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo began training for one of his most difficult accomplishments yet, A TRIATHLON! He had a last minute trip to San Antonio, Texas, to train at the Center for the Intrepid, at Fort Sam Houston. The event itself was rained out, but the training was not and we will be sharing pictures of his awesome experiences all week! This is a photo of Monte hand cycling a 2 mile loop that the Wounded Warriors were expected to do 5 times (his brother almost crashed taking this photo). He really enjoyed the freedom of going so fast, so close to the ground and the challenge of doing something new away from the hospital. BTW, he is also rocking his 4 Wheel to Heal t-shirt. The guys over there always support Monte and he is proud to fly their colors everywhere he goes! http://www.4w2h.org/
May 7, 2013 – Vaughn Gittin, Jr.
Self-taught professional drifter, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. dropped by Walter Reed to chat with the Wounded Warriors and pass out some awesome Monster swag! He was super cool to talk to and hopes to spend some more time with the guys in the upcoming months. Here’s Monte with him, standing tall of course.
May 5, 2013 – Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo from Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo! He and his sister had a great time at the event that the Yellow Ribbon Fund put on for them at Walter Reed. Any day you get to eat Mexican food and wear fake mustaches, is a good day!
April 30, 2013 – Marilyn Monroe
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo at the Spring Fling at Walter Reed a few weeks back. Rumor has it, that she is the best Marilyn impersonator in Vegas and Monte enjoyed her being there very much!
April 28, 2013 – Safari club banquet
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo on his way to the Safari Club International banquet. He and Amanda had a great night and Monte won a bear hunt! The guys at SCI always take such great care of our Wounded Warriors and show them an awesome time!
April 23, 2013 – The Natural
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo enjoyed a visit from three time UFC Champion, Randy “The Natural” Couture! Being one of Monte’s favorite fighters he was pretty stoked to spend time with him. Randy served in the Army from 1982 to 1988, attaining the rank of Sergeant in the 101st Airborne and is extremely proud of all our Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Hospital.
April 11, 2013 - Back in bionic legs
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo is back at it! He says walking in these legs is like riding a bike and he had no problems his second time around. He already had these “bionic” legs once before, but unfortunately his recent surgeries set him back a few months. He is now back in them and showing the world who is boss! GET SOME Monte!! ATW!!!!
April 4, 2013 – Promotion ceremony
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo at his Occupational Therapist’s promotion ceremony! He had an awesome time congratulating Major Johnson and seeing some good friends. Monte also loves his knit limb covers, they keep him toasty during the cold DC winter!
April 2, 2013 – Happy Birthday Monte!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo!!!! We are so excited to have spent such an awesome day with our hero. Last years birthday was a real drag in Afghanistan, but this year he was surrounded with love and even got a surprise birthday cake from one of his sisters! This was also the first time since his most recent surgeries, that he was able to spend the whole day in his legs. Big day for such a special person! WE LOVE YOU MONTE!!!!
March 27, 2013 – Semper Fi golf tournament
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo was invited to the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club, in Englewood FL this past weekend for the Semper Fi Fund Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Monte used the Paragolfer and it worked pretty well, especially if driven backwards! Thanks to the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund for all they have done for our family. They have been there for Monte from day one and have done so much for our family.
March 26, 2013 – Swim lessons
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo freakin’ swimming!! Monte had his first swim lesson today at Walter Reed Hospital in DC. He enjoyed his new found buoyancy and loved the cardio! He will be doing it every Tuesday for the next few weeks.
March 12, 2013 – Truckin for troops
Some of the Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed got together this weekend to eat some “normal” food from the grill, hang out and shoot the bull. The bonfire and cookout was put on by Truckin’ 4 Troops. These guys do so much for the Wounded Warriors, taking them to dinner, ball games, concerts and other fun events away from the hospital. Thanks for what you do for the guys, they all appreciate it greatly! http://truckin4troops.com/
March 11, 2013- Spy museum
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo’s brother Frank came to visit him at Walter Reed last weekend. They had a short but meaningful visit; laughing and eating, but mainly spent their time together talking smack. This is Monte, Amanda and Frank spending a cold, but exciting afternoon at the Spy Museum in DC.
March 9, 2013 – Snow goose
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo was invited by Safari Club International to go Snow Goose hunting on the Maryland coast! As you can see, all the wounded warriors had an awesome day, as they hauled in about 30 birds.
March 6, 2013 – F350
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo gets into his diesel F-350 by using this awesome new lift platform! Get in, hold on and let the black smoke roll! The hand levers are what control his gas and brake movements.
March 4, 2013 – Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise, Wounded Warrior Monte and Amanda all hanging out at the MATC at Walter Reed! We love when he comes by to visit because he is a messenger of hope and REALLY supports these guys. In addition to his own career, he does concerts, tours with the USO, supports Snowball Express and Sky Ball, and yet finds time to stop by regularly to let all of the Wounded Warriors know how much he cares. Lt Dan, you are a great American! http://
March 2, 2013 – Medieval Times
It’s good to be the KING! Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and his lovely ladies at Medieval Times! They all had a great time and ate more than their weight in turkey legs! The show was awesome as usual and they all wish the night could have lasted forever.
February 27, 2013 – Operation Finally Home
Thank you to University Title Company in College Station, Texas, for a generous $10,000 donation to Operation Finally Home! This donation will help build a mortgage-free, custom home for Sgt. Monte Bernardo in King Oaks. We are so happy Frank Bernardo (left) could be in Aggieland to represent the Sgt. Bernardo family during this special event. Please visit www.aggielandveteran.com to make your tax exempt donation to Operation Finally Home and help make Monte’s dream a reality.
February 25, 2013 – Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning stopped by Walter Reed to chat with our Wounded Warriors! Sgt Monte Bernardo was so impressed with his demeanor and affability. Monte jokingly asked him to hold one of his legs for a photo and needless to say, he was a great sport about it! Peyton stayed around and signed autographs and let the guys know how much their sacrifice means to him. Thanks Peyton!
February 24, 2013 – TNA Impact
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo pictured with TNA Impact wrestler Tara! She is an Air Force brat and a huge supporter of our nations military members. TNA Impact Wrestlers invited Monte backstage a few weeks ago and he enjoyed getting autographs and meeting the wrestlers. Thanks for the support TNA Impact! http://
February 22, 2013 – Groundbreaking
WHAT AN AWESOME DAY!!!! Groundbreaking for Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo’s new home at King Oaks in College Station, TX was this morning. In attendance was Operation Finally Home, King Oaks, the four awesome builders, Monte’s brother, Mayor Berry, University Title, Texas A&M Faculty, neighbors, and many other members this very supportive community. Thank you for all who attended this wonderful event! Artist’s rendering will follow soon.
February 13, 2013- Wee man
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and Wee Man, from the epic series Jackass! He visits Walter Reed fairly frequently to cheer the guys up and raise their spirits. They all could use a laugh now and then and he is definitely one to lighten the spirit of a room. Thanks Wee Man for stopping in and showing our wounded veterans you care!
February 10, 2013 – Weighty
Check out Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo’s weight lifting attachment. Bustin’ hump at the MATC at Walter Reed. He appears to be completely exhausted or possibly taking a nap. Either way, most of us hope to get done in a week, what he goes through in a day. Keep up the hard work Monte! Airborne! All The Way!!!!
February 5, 2013 – Laughter is the best medicine
Laughter is the best medicine. No wonder Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo is recovering so well from his recent surgeries! If the Army paid him a dollar for every wise crack he made or every time he made someone else laugh, he would be a MILLIONAIRE! Keep laughing Monte, it is contagious.
February 4, 2013 – Determination
Do any of you know what determination looks like? This is a pretty good example. Using a rolling chair to low-crawl around the track at Walter Reed, in an effort to strengthen the core muscles.
January 31, 2013 – Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper and Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo pictured at Walter Reed Hospital. They had a special showing of his film, “Silver Linings Playbook” and then he talked about bringing awareness to PTSD and invisible wounds. He is known for his role in “The Hangover” and Monte had an awesome time hanging out with him. Thanks for taking time to stop by and see our country’s finest, they appreciate your support!
January 28, 2013 – Bionic hand
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo received his i-Limb Hand, the first commercially available, fully articulating, bionic hand! The fingers move individually and he can program it into about 14 different positions! A big “Thank You”, to the therapists and doctors that supported Monte in receiving it and for their work going forward, helping him learn how to use it. It is a special piece of technology that is life altering!
January 23, 2013 – All American Inaugural Ball
Ashley Judd awarded Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo with the All American Hero Award at the All American Inaugural Ball on Sunday night in Washington DC. Also pictured is Congressman Mike McIntyre, from North Carolina, who is a great supporter of our wounded veterans.
January 21, 2013 – Family
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo with his brother and nephew in Houston a few weeks ago. Monte was so happy to be able to spend time with the 2 year-old toddler that thinks the world of him. He says his prayers every night for Uncle Monte and looks forward to his next visit!
January 17, 2013 – Monte and Mimi
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo enjoyed a visit with his sister from Oregon. He loves to have folks come by and see him at Walter Reed Hospital. It breaks up his days and helps him heal faster. Thanks to all the friends, family and celebrities that have come by to visit and take time to let Monte know they care!
January 16, 2013 – Gun control
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo believes in gun control… if it means stabilizing your weapon with a tri-pod to be sure your shot is true and deadly! Monte was invited to go hunting a few weeks ago and enjoyed the time away from Walter Reed Hospital.
January 14, 2013 – Goofy
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo acting like his goofy self! As you can see, he was in very good spirits this past Christmas and is doing well after surgery this week. We all have our fingers crossed that this last surgery will do the trick and alleviate most of the pain he has recently endured.
January 13, 2013 – King Oaks
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo is featured in a half page picture/article in the Texas Aggie alumni magazine! The article highlights when Monte was awarded a mortgage-free home at a Texas A&M football game. If you or your company would like to help Operation Finally Home and King Oaks make Monte’s dream home a reality, you can make a tax-exempt donation, donate materials, or volunteer your time. For more information, please see the link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
January 10, 2013 – Recovery
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo is resting easy after a long day of surgeries. When he awoke, we knew he was doing just fine, when his first request was a subway sandwich! Thanks to all of you that sent messages of support and prayers. It means so much to him to know that there are folks out there that care about him during his difficult journey. It helps him heal faster and inspires him to push forward each and every day.
January 9, 2013 – Surgery
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo has come so far over the last 6 months. We are so proud of him for his determination and spirit. He is going to have surgery tomorrow on all three limbs and will be back to his hard chargin’ self in no time! Please send well wishes, prayers and advise. This will help elevate his spirits and show him how much we care!
January 8, 2013 – Happy Holidays
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo hopes that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! He had an awesome time being away from the hospital, relaxing back home in North Carolina for a few days. From our family to yours, may peace be with you, this year and always.
January 1, 2013 – Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo! He and Amanda went to the Raiders vs Panthers game last week, along with a few other family members. We hope that everyone enjoys the bowl games today and spends a little extra time with their families. As we have learned over the past few months, life is so precious and valuable. Please enjoy those special moments with those you love and cherish. We appreciate everyone’s support of Monte in 2012 and we look forward to another year of laughter and great memories with him!
December 19, 2012 – Lou Diamond
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo taking a break from PT with Lou Diamond Phillips! He came by with the USO to visit the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed and they all appreciate the support. Lou was in Stand and Deliver and La Bamba, along with numerous other films and shows. Thanks for stopping in Lou!
December 18, 2012 – Priorities
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo knows how to prioritize. One limb left out of four and he chooses to use it for coffee! Monte loves his coffee and no day is complete without the comfort of a cup-o-joe. He is recovering so well and loves to be out in the community, showing them that every day, is a good day to be alive!
December 16, 2012 – Foursome
December 13, 2012 – Snowboarding
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo snowboarding in Breckenridge, Colorado! All last week, Monte enjoyed every moment of freedom on the slopes. He loves the adrenalin rush of speeding down a powdery run and ending the day with good friends at the Chateau. Thanks to all who made it possible and have helped get Monte back out there again!
December 12, 2012 – Holes for a Hero
December 8, 2012 – On the field
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo receiving a football signed by Texas A&M Coach Sumlin in front of 85,000 fans. That day Monte got to watch Heisman hopeful Johnny Manziel do work on the Sam Houston defense. What a great day set up by Operation Finally Home and King Oaks! Thanks to all of you that support our wounded veterans!
December 5, 2012 – Video games
Check out what Ken from Warfighter Engaged develops for our Wounded Warriors! He spends his weekends and free time making custom modified controllers! Monte was VERY excited after he got his new controller.
December 1, 2012 – Riverwalk
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo pictured a few weeks ago on the River Walk in San Antonio. Lookin’ good and feeling even better! They had a really great time in San Antonio and the day they leave Walter Reed and head to Texas, can not come too soon!
November 28, 2012 – Special visitors
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and Amanda with Chris Maloni, AKA Det Elliot Stabler in Law and Order and of course one of our biggest supporters, Montel Williams! Thanks for coming by to let the Wounded Warriors know you care and help give them inspiration. It means so much to all of them.
November 27, 2012 – Snowboarding
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo was fitted for his new snowboard yesterday! He is so excited to get out and hit the slopes. He loved snowboarding before he went to Afghanistan and he is not going to let anything keep him from doing it again! Rock on Monte, we’ll see you at the bottom!
November 26, 2012 – Hunting trip
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo went deer hunting over the Thanksgiving Holiday with his best friend. It was good for Monte to get out of the artificial hospital environment, to a place that was secluded, comfortable and had no cell phone reception. They have not had much time to bond since Afghanistan, so this week was very special.
November 25, 2012 – Thanksgiving
Many of us wish we had Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo there to do this for us! Monte and his therapist doin’ work on some turkey. This new attachment allows him to do different tasks that would normally be very difficult. We hope that everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and ate until they almost popped!
November 20, 2012 – Dream come true
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and the gentlemen that made Monte’s dream of owning a home come true. He is flanked by SouthStar Communities’ Thad Rutherford and Operation FINALLY HOME’S Dan Vargas. Thank you guys for the incredible day, we know it took so much time and effort to put it all together!
November 14, 2012 – ATW
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo was able to attend the 4-73 Cav Ball last week at Ft Bragg, NC. It was great for him to get out and see some of the guys he has not seen since Afghanistan. They all appreciated having him there and a BIG night was had by all! ATW!
November 13, 2012 – Driving
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo has had many milestones in the last few months. Some of which were extremely difficult to achieve. Fortunately he accomplished one more today. Monte got the chance to drive again!!! It has been about 9 months since the last time he drove a “civilian” vehicle, but it was just as he remembered it. It was easier than he thought it would be and he enjoyed the freedom of the open road.
November 7, 2012 – PT
While everyone in Washington DC is flexing their muscles, Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo is just down the street at Walter Reed doing the same thing. Monte enjoys using his new weight lifting attachment because it allows him to gain the strength he needs to heal faster!
November 6, 2012 – Election results?
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo checking on his election picks. Just kidding! Monte is not political at all, but he definitely recognizes the sacrifice military members make, so others may have the freedom to choose their leaders. We hope many of you voted today, as the right to do so, has a price.
November 5, 2012 – Strength and perseverance
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo rockin’ a 30 lbs back pack with his new X2 legs! What a stud! Let’s go Airborne!! Never give up and you will persevere.
October 30, 2012 – ALL THE WAY!
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and some of his fellow soldiers at Walter Reed. This photo was taken a while ago, but time does not dilute the brotherhood and camaraderie that it represents. ALL THE WAY!!!
October 29, 2012 – Bionic legs
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo takes a break from walking on his new bionic legs. We pray for all those in Hurricane Sandy’s path, especially those in Boston where this photo was taken. Walter Reed Hospital was closed today and again tomorrow. Monte is getting some much needed rest after an awesome weekend pheasant hunt!
October 23, 2012 – Boston
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo walking with his sister in Boston. He loves his new legs and is trying to use them as much as possible. The more he uses them, the faster he accomplishes his short term goals and the quicker he gets to the next level. We are so proud of his progress!
October 22, 2012 – Like a Boss
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo in a photo we have titled “Like a Boss”. Monte is owning this recovery and is letting nothing get in his way. He has new “Bionic” legs and is pushing through all barriers. This pose was perfect for his first night in Beantown.
October 21, 2012 – Visit to Tufts
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo made it up to visit his sister at Tufts University in Boston this weekend. She is so proud of him and wanted all of her friends to meet him! He made it out to one of her rugby games and had an awesome weekend!
October 19, 2012 – Hooah!
A loud HOOAH to the 1-321 guys that visited Monte this week! Thanks for being there and supporting Monte! A picture is worth a thousand words. DTP!!!
October 15, 2012 – Lenny Clarke
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo and comedian Lenny Clarke, AKA Uncle Teddy in Rescue Me. Thanks for supporting our Wounded Warriors Lenny! Monte enjoyed his company and had a great time with him.
October 11, 2012 – 4 Wheel to Heal
4 Wheel to Heal’s Executive Director Nathan Ramos with Truckin 4 Troops showing the Wounded Warriors a great time as usual! Thanks to both these organizations for all they do in support of these patriots! Both organizations show the guys that there is a brotherhood of support for them and that they are not alone in their journey.
October 10, 2012 – True Joy
This is the face of true joy at weigh in! Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo was ecstatic about his catch! He was so happy to be at the American Hero’s Saltwater Challenge, creating awesome memories with other Wounded Warriors and staff.
October 8, 2012 – Rolling out the red carpet
Monte and Amanda arriving at American Hero’s Saltwater Challenge! What a great welcome! They sprayed the plane down as it arrived and everyone was so excited.
October 6, 2012 – A Freakin’ birdie
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo sunk this 35ft putt for Birdie! No kidding, a freakin’ Birdie. Thank you Cove Creek CC, Stevensville MD, for putting on such a great event for our Wounded Warriors!
October 4, 2012 – Army Intelligence Ball
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo having a blast at the 37th Annual Army Intelligence Ball in Washington DC! He finally got his Class A’s to Walter Reed and decided to spend a night on the town. They all look fantastic and we are so glad a great time was had by all!
October 2, 2012 – “Living life legless and loving it!”
“Living life legless and loving it!!!!” Words from Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo, who stepped on an IED 90 days ago, 4th of July 2012. Think about that for a second, to have this attitude and spirit is unbelievable. To have this type of determination every morning and still wear a smile. To have the tenacity and work ethic to go to the gym everyday, to go farther, and be stronger. To pursue life to its fullest extent and not let anything hold you back. To look death in the eye and say no thanks. To push through barriers and know that a better life lay ahead. That is the spirit of Monte Bernardo and we are proud to know him.
October 1, 2012 – Big fish
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo caught the only Bonito of the entire Martha’s Vineyard tournament! Nice fish Monte! As you can tell by the smile on his face, he was happy and enjoyed the day.
September 30, 2012 – Leaving on a jet plane
Monte Bernardo and several other Wounded Warriors arrive in style to a fishing tournament at Martha’s Vineyard. They had a warm welcome with a cheering crowd, honor guard, and police escort. It is so awesome that people are willing to donate their time and resources to say thanks to these Wounded Warriors!
September 28, 2012 – Chicks dig scars
Chicks dig scars! Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo has a scar shaped like a goldfish! The little things we find to laugh about help make the days better and the hospital time shorter.
September 26, 2012 – New feet
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo’s newly found feet. It was strange that we never took the time to take the shoes or socks off of his prosthetic legs. Then one day we were strolling around Walter Reed and saw another wounded warrior with flip flops on! These things have toes and everything, who knew? At least they don’t stink.
September 23, 2012 – Arriving in style
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo arriving in style to his first golf tournament! All the practice and lessons have now been tested and he did great! More pics to come of his awesome day on the links.
September 19, 2012 – New legs
Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo got new legs!!! They are taller and lock at the knees. 5’11″ is as tall as they would go, but that is alright w/ him. He is now officially taller than his sisters and feels like the big brother again. He has been diligently practicing on them every day. We are so proud of his awesome progress!
September 17, 2012 – Strength and tenacity
Wounded Warriors never surrender. Determination, strength and tenacity, all shown in a wince and a squint. Keep up the hard work Monte, we are all pushing you to go harder and farther!
September 16, 2012 – One Mile!
Monte walked his first mile! Two months after losing three limbs in Afghanistan, he walked 26 laps around the track at the MATC at Walter Reed. Next goal, 2miles, and on and on. GO MONTE! We are all behind you.
September 15, 2012 – Fore!
Check this out! Monte learned how to hit irons during his golf lesson. They have a special cart made just for the Wounded Warriors. Phil and Tiger better watch out! We are so proud of Monte for how far he has come and the things he has achieved in the two months since he was wounded. He is an inspiration to us all.
September 13, 2012 – Special visitor
Monte’s best friend came to visit this weekend. They had not seen each other since they were in Afghanistan together and the reunion was as if nothing had changed. They talked about old times and the adventures ahead. We love you both and thank you for your service to this great nation!
September 12, 2012 – Montel Williams
September 9, 2012 – Capitol Hill
Monte and his brother visiting Capitol Hill. They went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and strolled around the National Mall. They were glad to be able to spend time together last week and look forward to the next visit. Monte is expected to be at Walter Reed for about a year, so there will be many more exciting outings!
September 7, 2012 – SUPERMAN
SUPERMAN! Monte developing his core muscles used to balance and move. He has daily therapy sessions that focus on developing different muscle groups. We are so proud of his progress and determination.
September 6, 2012 – Walking in public
Another big milestone: this weekend, Monte walked in public on his prosthetic legs for the first time! Monte faced the challenge with determination and tenacity, and he walked all the way through Nordstrom and through one entire wing of the mall. He combined PT and OT in one brave and tough 20-minute walk. He had plenty of support from some of his family members who got to witness this awesome moment. We are so proud of you Monte!
September 5, 2012 – Chef Monte
Monte was allowed to take his legs out of MATC this weekend and took full advantage of having them at home. He was kind enough to get up early and make everyone breakfast for the first time in a while! Little tasks that we all take for granted, are huge wins for Monte. Here’s to you, your daily progress and awesome apple cinnamon bacon!
September 4, 2012 – Family visit
Monte’s brother and sister in-law visited Walter Reed last week! A good time was had by all and Monte was so happy to see them. Things were a little slow around the hospital due to the holiday weekend, so it was nice to have some visitors.
August 30, 2012 – Occupational Therapist
Monte has an awesome occupational therapist! He works so well with Monte and takes a personal interest in his recovery. The staff at Walter Reed is incredible and knows that everything they do, affects Wounded Warriors in so many ways. Thanks for all the hard work you guys do for the Wounded Warriors and their families!
August 25, 2012 – Lieutenant Dan stops by
Lt Dan stopped by to see Monte at OT yesterday! Gary Sinise does not just talk the talk, he walks the walk. Thank you for supporting the Wounded Warriors Gary!
August 23, 2012 – Fore!
This is so awesome! 6 weeks into his recovery, Wounded Warrior Monte Bernardo started golf lessons!!! The next time one of us wants to complain about our game, think about this warrior getting out there and giving it his all. We are so PROUD!
August 22, 2012 – “Off the bars” already
Only one day after Monte took his first steps on his prosthetic legs, he is already off the bars and walking on his own with the help of a walker. Monte continues to work hard and surpass everyone’s expectations with his remarkable progress.
August 20, 2012 – First steps!!
There is only one thing that can trump Monte’s new hand and that is his FIRST STEPS!!! We are so PROUD of Monte! 47 days ago his last step was one of destruction and misery. 47 days later his first step is one of new beginnings and celebration. The Taliban cannot destroy his spirit and tenacity, they only made him stronger. We are humbled and inspired by his can do attitude and spirit. He is not only our hero but he is one of the hardest working people we have ever met. CONGRATULATIONS TO MONTE!!!!
August 19, 2012 – New hand!
HUGE MILESTONE! Monte just got his new hand!!!! He has spent the weekend practicing how to use it. This can be incredibly frustrating because it is just not the same as a regular hand, but he is determined to be successful and have full mobility. Let’s give it up for Monte and his significant progress towards recovery!
August 16, 2012 – Getting fitted for prosthetic hand
Our Wounded Warrior getting casted for his prosthetic hand! We are so proud of Monte for his amazing progress in such little time! We are so humbled by his spirit and willpower. Keep up the good work Monte!
August 13, 2012 – Monte is Airborne
Monte is an athlete. Monte is one of the hardest working guys in the room. Monte does not take no for an answer. Monte is a Wounded Warrior. Monte will not let anyone tell him he can’t. Monte is dedicated. Monte is hardcore. Monte is driven. Monte has spirit. Monte is a Patriot. Monte is Army. Monte is Airborne!!!
August 12, 2012 – Box of coins
A box of well deserved coins. They come from different services and commands. Each is unique and holds a certain level of importance to Monte. He looks at them often and reflects on the person who gave it to him and what they said during that presentation. Monte was able to sleep well this weekend after a hard week of phantom pains. This is great because he is now well rested for the Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney concert tonight! More pics to follow.
August 10, 2012 – Thank you, Morgan Lewis!
August 9, 2012 – Smiles
Monte and Layne “cutting up” down range. I guess we all understand why his fellow soldiers respect him so much, if they don’t, he will choke them! (Just Kidding). All the guys miss his great attitude, smiling face and can’t wait to joke with him again soon.
August 8, 2012 – Visitors!
Monte had a great visit from some friends this weekend! They went to the mall and just enjoyed some time away from Walter Reed. Thanks for coming up y’all and spending time with our favorite Wounded Warrior!
August 6, 2012 – Just Chillin’
August 4, 2012 – Take me out to the ballgame
Monte and some fellow Wounded Warriors spent an awesome night at the Nationals/Phillies game! They were treated to dinner at the club level and seats behind home plate. The Nationals put them up on the big screen and the whole stadium was brought to their feet in applause! Monte had such a great night.
August 3, 2012 – Out on the town
A picture of Monte and his sister Stella out on the town! He was so happy not to be at the stinkin’ hospital. As great as the staff at Walter Reed is, that place can get to you after a while and you need a break. We are glad you enjoyed such a great day Monte!
August 2, 2012 – Marathon dedication
August 1, 2012 – Four weeks
Four weeks ago, the Taliban tried to take Monte’s life. Four weeks ago, Monte lost both legs and a hand. Four weeks ago, Monte was born again. Four weeks is a short time in most people lives. In Monte’s last four weeks he was in a coma for one, in ICU for the second. The third week was spent on the Wounded Warrior floor and the fourth he has flourished in outpatient therapy. Monte is busting recovery records and taking names. In Monte’s own words “the Taliban can’t phase me, they can try, but here I come rising from the of ashes of their little bomb, 3 outta 4 limbs, less than I had and still as strong as ever, bring it…….”. The Taliban thought they could break the spirit of an American Warrior, but the opposite has happened. They have created a survivor, an inspiration, a grateful father and a caring brother, a stronger soul and an even harder Cav Scout than they faced the first time. I am glad to say that four weeks later Monte is on his first pass from the hospital with his family, enjoying a wonderful day on a boat cruising from Annapolis to St Michaels. Keep up the hard work Warrior and stay strong! Special thanks to Tamara Darvish and DARCARS Automotive Group for helping to make this day so special for Monte.
July 30, 2012 – Cambridge Auto fundraiser
On July 29, Cambridge Automotive in San Antonio, Texas hosted a bake sale fundraiser for Monte at their open house. They also shared his story during a live radio broadcast. Thank you Cambridge Automotive and Alamo City Rugby for hosting this event and raising $300 for Monte! He really appreciates the support and enjoyed hearing his name on the radio. It inspires him to know that so many people care.
July 29, 2012 – Rehab success
Monte has been working hard at OT/PT. Recovery is not for sissies and Monte is determined to come back strong! Airborne!
July 27, 2012 – No pain, no gain
Monte had an awesome first week of Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy at Walter Reed! Doc tells him to do 15 reps and he does 45. He rocked the weights and the trampoline. Pretty painful afterwards, but as they say, no pain no gain. He has that Airborne spirit and does not quit! ALL THE WAY!!!
July 26, 2012 – Lit
The band Lit came and visited Monte at PT! Such an awesome band touring w/ the USO. He really enjoyed them and he said that they were cool guys. BTW, Monte can now have visitors, so let us know if you were wanting to come by the hospital. Also, a request has been sent for no more care packages. He has a ton of food in his hospital room and is running out of space! If you have one ready to send, no prob, just going forward we would like for folks that want to assist, to help w/ fundraising or make a donation to Bernardo Recovery Fund. Thanks for the support y’all!
July 23, 2012 – Thanks Semper Fi Fund!
Thank you Semper Fi Fund for Monte’s new iPad! He is very happy and it makes it much easier for him to stay in touch. He has been chatting with friends in Afghanistan, checking email, listening to his favorite country music and we all got a good laugh from watching an episode of Americas Funniest Home Video’s! Monte had his consultation for MATC (Military Amputee Training Center) today! We are so excited for him and proud of his progress. We know he will do great in the days to come.
July 22, 2012 -Next phase of rehab
Monte is doing well and enjoyed visits from his daughter and other family members this week. He is enjoying the freedom of his new wheelchair and is healing extremely quickly. They are starting him at MATC (Military Amputee Training Center) next week to begin his rehab! We are so excited for him and his HUGE step toward recovery. It will be challenging and terribly painful, but we have no doubt that he will excel and be successful in his new endeavor. Thank you all for the continued support and prayers from everyone. Please be sure to share Monte’s story with everyone you know.
July 22, 2012 – Operation Tango Mike
Santa Rosa veterans supporting Monte as part of Operation Tango Mike.
July 19, 2012 – New set of wheels
Two weeks after Monte left Afghanistan, his spirits are high. He has been issued a wheelchair and has begun physical therapy. The docs tell us that he is weeks ahead of schedule and that he has amazing fortitude. He has been working so hard, but unfortunately, his effort has also been coupled with painful nights. Below is a picture of Monte receiving another awesome command coin. Keep up the hard work Monte, we are all so proud of you!
July 19, 2012 – Petaluma Bake Sale/Farmers Market Fundraiser
Sandy Thompson Jurek and her family hosted a bake sale and fundraiser at the Petaluma Farmer’s Market on Wednesday night and raised a bunch of money for Monte and his family. They are going to be out there again on Saturday at the Petaluma Farmer’s Market, so please go out and support Monte if you live in the Petaluma, California area!
July 18, 2012 – KISS
Yesterday, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer of KISS visited the Walter Reed wounded warrior floor and stopped by to see Monte. He was excited and honored that they took time out of their schedule before going on tour to visit. Thanks for the support guys.
July 17, 2012 – Wounded warrior
Here is a picture of Monte with his sister Ariela. Monte was moved our of the ICU and up to the “Wounded Warrior” floor at Walter Reed on Friday. He also had his first physical therapy session yesterday. He continues to inspire his family with his courage and good humor.
July 14, 2012 – Purple Heart
Monte was awarded the Purple Heart this week. We are so proud of him being recognized and distinguished with such honor. Many men wait years to receive their medals and we are happy that it arrived so quickly. Congratulations Monte, you deserve it!
July 13, 2012 – Amazing strength
Update: I have a quote from Monte in response to someone asking how he was feeling; “Alive and kicking, the Taliban can’t phase me, they can try, but here I come rising from the of ashes of their little bomb, 3 outta 4 limbs, less than I had and still as strong as ever, bring it…….”. This response sums up his can do attitude, tenacity, and warrior spirit! We are so proud of him. Your prayers and support have made him strong.
July 12, 2012 – Road to recovery
Monte had a pretty rough day yesterday. He was in a lot of pain and did not sleep well the night before. The drugs caused very vivid dreams, which is not a good thing. Thankfully, today has gone much better and Monte was very excited to eat his first meal since the explosion. He is still in the ICU, but the doctors are looking to move him to the Wounded Warrior floor either today or tomorrow. All of his sisters will be here this weekend to visit ,and he is looking forward to that. Please continue to pray for his recovery!