Normally after graduating from the course, you could take up to 30 days’ leave to spend time with your family, but Marcus had already sacrificed his leave time to get himself placed immediately into the sniper course for his second go at it.,Now the only way he could see his family before deploying would be if we let him out of the FTX, or final training exercise, which would normally add about one more week’s time on the course.,The FTX was a graded mission, so theoretically it was mandatory, but hell, Marcus had clearly made it through at that point, so I worked it out for him to skip it and have that week with his family.,Marcus and three teammates — Matt Axelson (Morgan Luttrell’s best friend), Danny Dietz, and Michael Murphy — went out on a reconnaissance mission in northern Afghanistan, not far from the area where we had run so many missions with ECHO platoon.,The next time I saw Marcus was more than a year later, in the late summer of 2006, on the deck of the USS Midway off San Diego where the Navy was holding a big fundraiser.

On the way to finding something fun to share about Valentine’s Day, I kept bumping into articles about kindness.,We collectively cheered for folks performing heartwarming acts of kindness for others.,Scientists believe that universal kindness connects us to each other.,Kindness research has even found its way into traffic jam studies.,In other words, connecting through the kindness of courtesy gets people on their way faster.

— Sarah Anna Marie Miller, 23, Salem, was cited with failure to control after she went off the road and struck a pole and ditch on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 7:55 a.m. Feb. 9.,— Bruce Steiner, 17, Salem, was cited with failure to control after he lost control of his vehicle and went off the road, striking a traffic sign on Lisbon Road in Salem Township at 7:17 a.m. Feb. 12.,— Virgil Garreston, 30, Lisbon, was cited for right of way when turning left, passenger seat belt and license suspension after he failed to yield while turning left and was struck by a vehicle driven by Cheryl Riggs, 62, Wellsville at 2:27 p.m. Feb. 11 on state Route 517 in Elkrun Township.,— Arnaldo Batista Salas, 32, Lake Charles, La., was cited for right of way at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at U.S. Route 62 four-lane and state Route 14 at 3:03 p.m. Feb. 4 in which he was stopped at the stop sign and attempted to turn southbound, pulling into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Gregory V. Arquilla, 62, North Canton, who struck Salas’ trailer.,— Dwight A. Coler, 64, West Calla Road, Salem, was cited for right of ways at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at Pine Lake and Seacrist Roads at 7:54 a.m. Feb. 10 in which he was northbound and failed to yield from the stop sign, striking a westbound vehicle driven by Rose Arlene Roelen, 60, Hickory Lane, Salem, causing her vehicle to spin out of control and strike a utility pole on the northwest side of the intersection.