Injured Vet Comes Home to a Beautiful Love Story
This story is about character. It is an untold story in many ways, because it is not just about the wounded warrior, the soldier’s sacrifice for the nation, it’s also about the character of those who our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines come home to.
This young sailor, Taylor Morris, lost all of his limbs to an IED in Afghanistan. This kind of injury is devastating enough for the individual wounded serviceman, or woman, but we often don’t consider what that means to the young girlfriends, or wives, boyfriends, or husbands those wounded warriors come home to so physically changed.
This story is about the kind of character that makes the love one has for another real, not just some Hallmark Card, or Disney movie kind of ‘love’. We live in a country where millions buy their People Magazine, with its breathless attention payed to the frivolous, giddy, ‘love’ affairs and break-ups of the physically attractive, rich and famous. But those same millions pay little, or no attention to what our military is sacrificing on our behalf, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, both in the war zone and back here at home.
The character of the young woman in this story, Danielle Kelly, is consistent with, and equal to that of the young man she loves so clearly. Their relationship has hurdles to get over, hurdles that most of us never have to confront, that neither Taylor, nor Danielle ever imagined they would have to face. Danielle’s love for her Taylor is profound. She gives us an example of what real love is. It’s about much more than physical attractiveness. It goes much deeper than the body. She loves Taylor, not some ideal image of him, but the real person he is, beyond those devastating wounds. She loves the individual, unique person that Taylor is. His physical condition has not changed that love, in fact, it has increased that love.
This couple knows the meaning of sacrifice, and the meaning of commitment to another, beyond the limited worlds of their own egos. They show us the character of REAL courage and of REAL love. They show us the real depths of our shared humanity. They give us a better picture of our shared humanity than the often shallow, materialistic, immediate gratification images, that the media so often puts before us.
We too often forget that for every wounded warrior, there is also a lover, a family, and friends who are challenged to welcome home these wounded warriors, who have been changed so much physically, or who struggle with the psychological effects of the experience of war. Danielle Kelly’s courage and commitment are a perfect match for the courage and commitment of her veteran, Taylor Morris. Her heroism is as impressive as his. Danielle’s heroism is rooted in the same kind of character as Taylor’s. Heroism, by its very nature, is always other-oriented. This pair gives us a real example of this.
You’ve heard the aphorism, “There is always a silver lining to every dark cloud.” This story about Tony Morris and Danielle Kelly, is an example of this in real terms. Their story of true love reveals the kind of freedom we all ultimately possess, the freedom to choose our attitude in any situation we find ourselves in. This is a story that comes out of war and its consequences, but it is also a story about the fact that love really does conquer all.
Here is a video, showing the emotional 22 pictures that have taken the world by storm.
To watch the Today Show interview with this couple, check out the Danielle Kelly and Taylor Morris Segment.
Dan Doyle is a retired professor of English and Humanities. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology. To read more of Dan’s work, click here.