THE MILITARY OFFICERS
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA CAPE CANAVERAL CHAPTER (MOAACC) is the second
largest chapter of MOAA with approximately 1450 members. Our
social/service organization has been active in Brevard County since
1958. It is dedicated to supporting the goals and national legislative
programs of MOAA and preserving programs beneficial to retired as well
as active duty, Reserve and National Guard of the seven uniformed
services, their dependents and survivors. Secondly through social
activities and meetings like the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club (TMBC),
the monthly luncheon and evening parties held five or six times yearly,
we promote a camaraderie so necessary for working together on our many
other projects in community service and philanthropic causes.
5 Star Award
Presented by MOAA
Every Year Since 2003
Paul M. Marek & Son, Staff Sergeant P. Russell Marek, USA Ret.
Date: 8/19/2014 Time: 11:30 AM
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Location: We will have lunch at the Tides Collocated Club on A1A across from Patrick AFB.
Program: Plight of a Wounded Warrior with Staff Sergeant P. Russell Marek, USA Ret and his father Paul.
PLIGHT OF A “WOUNDED WARRIOR”
Paul M. Marek, a Satellite Beach resident for 29 years, is a Past President of the Mortgage Bankers of America, Palm Beach Chapter and Past President of the Brevard Chapter of the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals. Although he took early retirement to become a VA certified caregiver to help his 100% disabled veteran/son become independent once again, he is still an ACTIVE Certified Instructor for the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals and the Florida Association of Realtors.
Paul serves as a Charter Member and Jr. Vice Commander of VFW Post 4643 Men's Auxiliary and serves as the Assistant Adjutant for the the Military Order of the. Purple Heart, Chapter 453, Merritt Island.
SSG Russell Marek, U. S. Army (Ret) with a 100% disability rating, enlisted in the Army in February 1997 and became a "Tanker". His first duty station was Rays Barracks, Freidburg, Germany where he was assigned to the K-FOR group serving almost 9 months in Kosovo.
In 2003 Russ served as a M1A1 Tank gunner in the initial invasion of Iraq and engaged 14 enemy tanks, winning every battle. Russ returned to Iraq in January 2005 and while on a mission to intercept arms & munitions coming in from Iran an IED destroyed his M1A1 tank. Russ lost his right leg and right arm, his right ear and left thumb and suffered brain injury and severe burns over 20 percent of his body. Company "C" 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division lost three soldiers, two battle tanks and five soldiers were severely injured on that mission.
Russ recently healed from his 32nd major surgery and in June 2014 was able to use his new prosthetic leg to start walking again after being wheelchair bound for seven months.
Russ was recently elected as Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 453, Merritt Island and was the "Host Commander" to the State Convention in June. Russ lives in Viera in his Specially Adapted Home and is working diligently to regain his independence once again.