SGT Richard Herman was a member of the American Legion, Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association and VFW. As a combat wounded veteran, he was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. SGT Herman proudly served his country in the US Army during the Iraqi War with the 42nd Infantry Division from NY. He was awarded the Bronze Star, three Army Commendations and the Conspicuous Service Cross.
SGT Richard Herman loved photography, fishing, gardening, birdwatching, and spent most nights watching ‘How It’s Made’ on the couch while eating dry cereal out of a cup. He was happiest tinkering with, building, or riding one of his several Harley-Davidson motorcycles. SGT Richard Herman loved to pull pranks on his daughter, using ketchup as fake blood or throwing bread at her to attract seagulls at the beach. They spent their quality time together going on long drives, laughing and listening to ‘Fleetwood Mac.’
About the foundation SGT Richard Herman’s daughter, Gabrielle, founded in his memory:
“For YOUR Glory” was founded on Veteran’s Day (2014) by the daughter of Richard Herman, a deceased Military Order of the Purple Heart recipient. On March 5, 2005, just five days before her birthday, he was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). On May 16, 2009, he lost his life to severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and war-related/service-connected injuries. The world hasn’t been the same since.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimated 22 veterans died of suicide each day, one per every 65 minutes. Young male veterans under the age of 30 are three times more likely to commit suicide.
In 2013, Gabrielle was awarded first place in the Pennsylvania State University (Mont Alto) Academic Festival for her research on Family Separation and the Military Lifestyle. She has devoted her time to designing programs to implement that facilitate reintegration for soldiers and adjustment for children. She is now an Assistant Peer Counselor for the Office of Veterans Programs at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
“For YOUR Glory” is a foundation created to acknowledge the men and women who protect our country as more than just assets or resources. The goal is to one day put an end to long-term/extended deployment and a cap on the number of volunteered or required tours served by military personnel.
A touching article about SGT Richard Herman, his military service and sacrifice as shared by his daughter, Gabrielle: