Flag for Hope visits Greenville, South Carolina Brothers

/Flag for Hope visits Greenville, South Carolina Brothers

Flag for Hope visits Greenville, South Carolina Brothers

Flag for Hope Greenville South Carolina brothers in law

Flag for Hope Greenville South Carolina brothers in law

Jonathan Chaney and Tito Baksh are not your typical brothers. First, they don’t look anything alike. But,

spend a few minutes with them and the camaraderie is unmistakable. They can joke and banter with the

best of them. Ask them if they are related and a sly smile comes across their faces followed by a round

of laughter. In addition to being brother’s-in-law, they are related in a way that few can understand,

unless of course, you are a U.S. Marine.

Both men have put in three tours of duty in the Middle East. Based out of Camp Pendleton, Jonathan

Chaney served from 2003 to 2007. He completed 2 tours stationed at Al Asad, Iraq and one tour of duty

in Fallujah, Iraq. Tito Baksh served from 2004 to 2011, One tour in Kuwait, one tour in Al Asad, Iraq and

still another in Fallujah, Iraq. Chaney left the service as a Corporal (E4) in the U.S. Marine Corps and now

attends school full time studying aerospace engineering. Baksh, a Sergeant, (E5) was medically retired

from the U.S. Marine Corp after sustaining a shattered femur, tibia and meniscus in training at Camp

Pendleton in California. Today he is a buyer for Amazon.

One thing they do have in common is an unbreakable bond of loyalty and service to the Marine Corp

and to one another. Upon seeing the Flag For Hope project, the canvas brought back memories and

sentiments seldom expressed, but always lingering.

Flag for Hope Greenville South Carolina brothers in law pic

Flag for Hope Greenville South Carolina brothers in law

“I think about freedom and the ability to live my life the way I want to versus being delegated to,”

Chaney said during our brief interview. “The conditions over there made me appreciate the USA and the

country that I served to protect.”

Anti-war propaganda greeted Chaney on his first tour home. He said that was shocking to him given the

conditions in which he served. Upon seeing the Flag For Hope, he said he was grateful that someone

was stepping up to put this movement about unity together.

“I think we took a lot for granted before we entered the service,” Baksh added, “Over there, there is No

Freedom, No opportunity and NO rights of the individual. It was un-just. People in this country don’t see

the families over there that suffer. These families are not political, they are just trying to live their lives

and not be part of a war.” He went on to say, “I saw kids begging for food in 130-degree heat. They

might not have eaten for a couple of days and there was nothing we could do but watch. It was hard. I

think people in America take that for granted, no matter their income.”

Both men agreed that moving forward, the Flag For Hope gave them an opportunity to make history in a

positive way, without violence. Both hope that the flag can come to mean something by bringing out the

goodness in everyday people and showing the real heart of Americans versus the negativity portrayed in

the media now-a-days.

Feeling appreciated and appreciating their family now more than ever is how both men say they will

move forward in the years to come. Placing their hand upon the canvas brought back a flood of

memories and a renewed spirit of thankfulness for the opportunities this great country has to offer.

We Are One Nation – It’s time to act like it.

   

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