When they met on April 15 on their way to the hospital, Roseann Sdoia and Marc Fucarile were both fighting for their lives.
"She kept me awake, telling me to focus on my fiancée and my kid," says Fucarile, who lost his right leg that day.
They're still turning to each other, like so many of their fellow survivors – whom PEOPLE photographed on May 30 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass.
"Marc and his family will be in my life forever," says Sdoia, who also lost a leg. "The new friends I've made, they're all amazing. I'm thankful for them."
Mery Daniel shares that spirit. "I choose to focus on the positive," she says. "I'm happy to be alive."
Bless all of these folks and their families.
But seemingly lost among the series of scandals swirling around the Obama administration is the Marathon bombing:
Despite being warned -- repeatedly -- by foreign intelligence services that the Tsarnaev brothers were likely Jihadists bent on terror attacks in the U.S., the Holder Justice Department did nothing.
Perhaps that was related to the bizarre directives, beginning in 2009, to scrub all connections between Islamists and terrorism from law enforcement training material.
In October 2011, 57 Islamic groups wrote a letter to John O. Brennan, now CIA director, but then President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser. Citing news reports, the groups complained of “biased, false and highly offensive training materials about Muslims and Islam” inside the federal government’s instructional halls...
...The White House issued an edict to scrub all law enforcement, intelligence and military teachings on Islam. The FBI ended up discarding pages of information that warned about the threat from the Brotherhood.
Consider for a moment: the myriad of scandals swirling around President Obama -- Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS targeting of political opponents, the wiretaps of the Associated Press, the James Rosen debacle, and many, many more -- all appear related to suppressing the American people. At the same time, illegal aliens and Islamists are welcomed with open arms by the administration.
There is something fundamentally broken in America.
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