I’m in Edmonton, Alberta right now to celebrate the birthday of George Miok. George’s brother Mike has been one of my closest friends since High School. George is the youngest of four brothers. He joined the Military at 17, served in Afghanistan, came back home, became a teacher, and taught Grade 7 at St. Cecilia’s Junior High School in Edmonton. Then Sergeant George Miok decided to do another tour before he settled down as a teacher for the rest of his life. George was killed outside of Kandahar, December 30, 2009. He would have been 30 years old Wednesday.
So I flew home Wednesday for one hell of a birthday party. George’s parents were there as well as all our friends. I spoke with Mike on Thursday morning…our heads were pounding and we both were moving really slowly, due to countless toasts to George over shots of Jägermeister. It was an amazing night.
The last time I spoke to George we sat at a bar, drank too many pints, and I grilled him on his reasons for being in the Military. I’m not preaching, I’m not into politics, I just know that George wanted to make a difference. He believed in what he was doing with a passion that made me envious.
My own brother, Scott Gilmore, is an advisor for the Canadian Hero Fund. “The Canadian Hero Fund is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting Canadian military personnel and their families.”
Here is their website to learn more (Notice the big “DONATE” button in the upper right hand corner ;) http://www.herofund.ca/about/governance/
I’m not sure why I’m writing this blog. I’m not one to have a cause or get up on a soapbox. But I think it’s because, no matter your political or moral stance, we often take our safety for granted.
You can read a little more about George here…
I have been contacted by the UofA on how to donate to the “Sgt. George R. Miok Memorial Scholarship Fund“.1 – Click here http://www.giving.ualberta.ca/ 2 – Under ‘Faculty Giving Priorities’ click “Education“ 3 – A secure site will pop up & halfway down they’ll ask “Please identify the fund that you wish to allocate your donation…” There is a drop down menu & the last option is “Sgt. George R. Miok Memorial Scholarship Fund“.