Super Disabled

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Different terms have been used for disabled people in different times and places. Disability or impairment are terms commonly used today. In contexts where their differences are visible, persons
with disabilities often face stigma. Gary suffered from a disability. Indeed, he had his two legs amputated.

Submitted: September 03, 2018

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Different terms have been used for disabled people in different times and places. Disability or impairment are terms commonly used today. The social construction of disability is the idea that disability is constructed by social expectations and institutions rather than biological differences. Social construction of disability would argue that the medical model of disability's view that a disability is an impairment, restriction, or limitation is wrong. Instead what is seen as a disability is just a difference in the individual from what is considered "normal" in society. In contexts where their differences are visible, persons with disabilities often face stigma. People frequently react to disabled presence with fear, pity, patronization, intrusive gazes, revulsion, or disregard.

Gary suffered from a disability. Indeed, he had his two legs amputated. Gary was from a long great military tradition because somebody in his family had fought and died in every single American War. In The Revolutionary War (1778), The Civil War (1863), World War I (1915), and World War II (1944). He would have preferred to die on the battlefield like a true war hero and follow his long great military family tradition. But "Forrest Gump," his most "stupid" soldier, who was also responsible for one of the "Missions That Changed the War," saved his life disobeying his orders. It happened "Miles from Home," In Vietnam. Well,... thousands of miles from home.

"Forrest Gump" was also the most "generous" soldier Gary ever had under his orders. He gave Gary a "second life." That's not exactly the kind of life Gary dreamt of. Indeed, nobody dreams of a life spent on a wheelchair with its two legs amputated.

"None Less Than Heroes" was what Lieutenant Gary expected from his soldiers during the Vietnam War. As a result, "Forrest Gump" received the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor. Gary found it perfect and let Forrest know about it.

"They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor! ... They gave you an imbecile, a moron who goes on television and makes a fool out himself in front of the whole damn country, the Congressional Medal of Honor ... Well, then, that's just perfect!"

Forrest was famous for saying things like:

"Stupid is as stupid does."

Now he can say:

"Perfect is as perfect does."

Gary ended up as Forrest's first mate at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. They made a lot of money after Hurricane Carmen destroyed all the shrimping boats, except theirs. Then before jumping into the water he told Forrest:

"Forrest, I never thanked you for saving my life."

And added:

"Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?"

"I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir."

answered Forrest. Really, stupid is as stupid does.

"For The Common Good," Gary recommends to not consider war as "A Gentleman's Game." He thinks if war was a lady's game, it wouldn't even start most of the time. The problem with wars is that the trigger always ends up in the wrong hands.

"A Wedding" would be an "Open Season" to take the world "Beyond Glory." The "Path to War" is definitely not the kind of glory Gary wants for his kids. Thanks to Forrest for giving him a second life, to realize it. Gary doesn't care anymore to be a war hero. Becoming a civil right hero is his new dream.

Gary spent "The Final Days" of his life with his prosthetic legs, made from titanium alloy and his Vietnamese fiancee Susan. He died in peace, surrounded by his loved one. Not on the battlefield, surrounded by horror.

"While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation's defenders, we can always do a little more."

Like thank the person who saved your life Lt. Gary.

"So for, you know, for a good 20 years now I've been involved with veterans and soldiers and in support of them no matter what they're doing."

Teaching them how to save life the way Forrest did no matter what they're doing.

"When I think of work, it's mostly about having control over your destiny, as opposed to being at the mercy of what's out there."

In Gary's case, the mercy of what's out there has to do with the long great military tradition of fighting and dying in every single American War. He swears his kids won't die in the Iraq War.

"Wherever I go for the military, they always call me Lt. Dan. They just can't help it."

Lieutenant Gary Dan Taylor. No matter what he was doing they always called him Lt. Dan,... because that's what Forrest called him.

"So, goodnight Gary. "When We Left Earth" and our "Family Secrets," we found out Jesus didn't know he was supposed to be looking for us. The truth is, we only have to find ourself. To live in peace with ourself and the world. Looking for Jesus is only another way to say it."


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