TOM RUCK created this book as a labor of love to honor America's fallen heroes. He is donating all of his royalties to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, for the children of fallen soldiers. Professionally, Ruck is a national sales and marketing executive with U.S. Health Works, a nationwide network of occupational medical facilities that specializes in services to meet the needs of the American workplace. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia and grew up in the St. Louis area, where he was active in many volunteer and philanthropic organizations. He now resides in Southern California.