The 2015 American Hero Award Recipients

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Specialist Joseph Caron

Each year Trojan Labor holds an event to honor our service men and women who are true American Heroes. The Trojan Labor American Hero Award recognizes the sacrifices that they make for our country.  The breakfast features an awards ceremony honoring a surviving family member of an American service member killed in the Global War on Terror and a service member for meritorious action. 

The 2015 American Hero Awards will be held on May 5th on the decks of the USS Yorktown.

The Ultimate Hero Award will be presented to Specialist Joseph Caron. Spc. Caron was a native of Tacoma, Washington and participated in Air Force ROTC in high school as he always knew he wanted to serve his country in the armed forces. Spc. Caron was a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Bragg, NC. Spc. Caron was killed when his unit was attacked by insurgents using a roadside bomb while he was on foot patrol in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan. Spc. Joseph Caron is missed by all who knew him.

The American Hero Award recipient is Sergeant Bryan Anderson. Sgt. Anderson is assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA., as a combat medic. He was born in Wayne, Michigan.

Sgt. Anderson was a medic with a team of Army Rangers who were raiding an enemy compound in south Afghanistan. Suddenly, at least 10 IED’s detonated within a matter of minutes. Four soldiers were mortally wounded and several others were catastrophically injured. Although he suffered injuries, Sgt. Anderson rushed to aid his comrades. He moved into areas that had not yet been cleared for IEDs and treated the wounded soldiers. While treating the soldiers, another blast knocked Sgt. Anderson over and mortally wounded Specialist Cody Patterson.

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Sergeant Bryan Anderson

He then continued to treat the wounded, including Cpl. Hargis, whom he kept alive for an hour and thirty seven minutes with two leg amputations in an area surrounded with explosives. “I never even thought twice about running to one of those patients,”Anderson told Army Times. “The guys are basically my family, so when one of them is hurt, and I’m their medic, it’s my job to go make them better.” In addition to being an American Hero Award recipient, Sgt. Anderson recently received the Army Distinguished Service Cross. The Distinguished Service Cross is the Army’s second highest award after the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Both of these men are American Heroes. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We are incredibly grateful for the service  all of our active duty military and veterans. Freedom is not free, it comes at a price, a price which is paid every day by our nation’s military.


Obamacare Subsidy Troubles

On March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Burwell v. King. At issue is whether the plain text of the Affordable Care Act should be enforced even if it creates an outcome that would lead to folks in 36 states losing their subsidized health insurance coverage.

The law itself states that subsidies are only available through exchanges “created by the state.” The problem is that 36 states chose not to build exchanges but rather use, a FEDERAL exchange.

The Obama administration has taken the position that the law really didn’t mean what it said, and that subsidies should be available to all. Opponents say, if there is an error in the law, the President has a constitutional obligation to go to Congress to fix it, not just change the law because he doesn’t like that part of it.

While this may seem like a trivial matter, the entire balance of the ACA may rest on this case. Perhaps more important, this case will also test the limits of how much a President can unilaterally change laws he or she doesn’t like. In light of the order granting of 5 million illegal immigrants financial benefits normally reserved for citizens, this is in fact the largest case to face the Supreme Court in years.

North Dakota?


It’s cold.  It mostly consists of plains and few trees.  For years it had actually been losing population.  However, thanks to fracking and a booming oil and natural gas industry, North Dakota boasts the nation’s fastest growing economy.  Last year, the state’s economy grew at more than 5%.  It also sports the nation’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.8%.  Most jobs pay at least $15 per hour, even lower level service jobs.  The question is, what do you want that cold cash from a good job, or do you want warmth with less job opportunities?

This post was written by Trojan Labor’s CEO Richard Hermanns

March Madness

It is March which means March Madness is back! Trojan Labor Customers please sign up for our fantasy league as soon as possible. Bracket picks must be submitted by 11:00 AM ET on March 19, 2015. The Administrator may send a reminder e-mail on March 16 – 18, 2015 to Participants who have signed up early but haven’t yet submitted picks.

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