A little over three months has passed since Michael walked out of the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Although not totally free, as he is required to report to a Federal Parole Officer on a regular basis, Michael is living his life on his own terms. He works on a large ranch in northern Oklahoma and is learning the every day trials and tribulations of being a rancher / farmer. Michael finds great peace in rising early and putting in a hard day of work in the hot sun. Then each night he makes himself supper before sitting outside on his patio to watch the deer and wild turkey cross the road near his home. It is a good life.

Work is not the only thing Michael has been up to. In May he traveled to the Florida Keys with our family and some awesome friends to enjoy several days of fishing, eating and catching up with everyone’s lives. In late June Michael became an uncle as his brother Brett and his wife Kirby welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Lily into the world. And in July Michael traveled to Zion National Park in southwest Utah with Shannon and her Dad and sister where they hiked Angel’s Landing. It was a trip they had talked about for five years in the visitation room at Leavenworth and finally were able to experience it together.

Since he has been out Michael has promoted the cause of the other Leavenworth 10 soldiers who are still incarcerated at Fort Leavenworth. These warriors, who found themselves in similar circumstances of war as Michael was, have been imprisoned for far too long. The war in Iraq has been over for several years, the conflict in Afghanistan is winding down, and the US government continues to release the enemy who killed countless citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan and scores of US and Coalition forces. It is past time that the Army gave these Leavenworth 10 Soldiers, who fought so bravely for this country in multiple tours of combat, their own freedom so they can be reunited with their families.

Here is a link to an article and audio of Sean Hannity’s radio show where Michael spoke of these remaining Soldiers in Leavenworth.

Bless all of you for your love and support of our son and his chosen brothers who remain behind bars!