Washington, DC–On January 2, 2012, Phoenix Patriot Foundation arranged for Corporal Todd Love, a Marine who, in 2010, lost both legs and half his left arm to an improvised explosive device, to address the NFL's Washington Redskins at their final team meeting of the season. Phoenix Patriot Foundation assists combat wounded veterans in finding ways to serve post-injury. Love seeks to serve as a motivational speaker and to share his inspiring story with others, and is being mentored by former Navy SEAL and NFL linebacker, Clint Bruce. Of Love, Bruce said, "Todd exemplifies the reasons why I make every effort to build companies and create employment opportunities for combat wounded veterans. [Todd] is everything any CEO is looking for—intelligent, funny, and most importantly, he able to adapt to any situation. Most people would be timid in front of an NFL team, but not Todd; his confidence and maturity far exceeds his age." Bruce will continue to mentor Love, and help him prepare for future speaking engagements, including addressing other NFL and NCAA teams and Fortune 500 companies.
According to the Washington Post, the Redskins were moved by Love's humility, presence, and perseverance. Chris Cooley, Redskins tight end, when referring to Love said, "I thought it was amazing. They did a fantastic job. It was very inspiring. It really puts into perspective what we do."
Phoenix Patriot Foundation founder and CEO, Jared Ogden, who attended the meeting and matched Love with his mentor, stated, "Todd makes me proud. He demonstrates why we give back in this capacity, and epitomizes our overarching purpose as an organization. We look forward to working with him again in the future."