Bryan Anderson: Why Father’s Day is Special to Me

Father’s Day is special to me because I have a stepfather that’s been more of a father to me than my real one. Father’s Day is a time to show him my appreciation for what he’s done for me.

When I was 6 or 7 years old, my mom started dating him. He stepped in and just kind of took the reins. My twin brother, Bobby, and I hated him at first. All the sudden, this man was in our lives and things were changing. As kids, we didn’t like change. We liked things the way they were. My stepfather was strict and tough, but he was also fair.

Still, you could tell my mom was happy. As time went on, my stepfather taught us how to become men. He instilled in us a good work ethic. He taught us to be kind and compassionate. He showed me how to take responsibility for my actions and my life. He helped turn me and my brother into the men we are today. I wouldn’t change that for anything.

Dad, thank you for turning us into great men. I love you.

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.

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