I had the pleasure of working with Cindy Campbell on my next book “Among Heroes,” which features my former teammate and BUD/S classmate Chris Campbell (KIA 8-6-11). Chris was an amazing guy, and I’m so glad Cindy agreed to share this personal story with us.

Enjoy, and thank you, Cindy.


I recently had an opportunity to participate in an amazing event with Wounded Warrior Project in memory of my brother, Chris. It proved to be my anchor during a difficult time.

The tragic events of the past few years seem to come crashing in on me unexpectedly. One day, following an emotional evening, I received a phone call from Brian with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). He had called to tell me that they were going to be taking a group of wounded warriors to walk in the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March, and he wanted to walk in memory of my brother. He then extended an invitation to me to join them, to which I promptly replied, “Yes, I’ll do whatever you guys are doing.”

After our phone call ended, I sat in my car and looked at the picture I have of my brother on the dashboard. “Do you know how much I needed that?” I asked him.  I think he not only knew, but I also believe that he is continuing to work his magic on the “other side” – this time through Brian at WWP!

Upon arriving home, I googled the Bataan Memorial Death March and my first thought was, well, you choose whatever choice words would come to mind when you check it out (Bataan Memorial Death March). Needless to say, I was a bit freaked out, for I had committed to walking 26.2 miles in the sun and sand in what is known as the “windy season” in the desert of New Mexico. Up to this point, I was running almost five miles and hiking close to four.

I had some work to do!