Florida Veteran’s Tribute To Dallas Officers Goes Viral
After five Police Officers lost their lives and seven others wounded in Dallas, TX by a lone-gunman last Thursday, the nation has been heartbroken by the continual violence by and against police throughout the country.
Upon hearing of the tragedy in Dallas, one local Veteran immediately made his way to the nearest law enforcement agency in Pasco County and laid flowers at its steps. He took off his hat and said a silent prayed, and then retreated down the steps to leave. The simple act of respect was captured on video and has since gone viral. Chris Mannoia wasn’t aware anyone was watching him at the time. “I wasn’t doing it for points or anything. I was doing it so these people could see some support,” he said. An ABC reporter, just happened to be taking video of the flags at half staff when he shot Chris in his solemn moment, then uploaded it Facebook. By Tuesday, the clip has been viewed almost 100,000 times.
Unaware of the video, Chris was surprised when he received messages on social media, “I saw people on Facebook that night. People were like sending me messages. That was wonderful. That was wonderful. And I was like, 'What?'” he said. Chris, who feels a kinship with the police because of his experiences in the military, sharing a uniform with great responsibility, suffers from PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common malady from which many of our military Veterans suffer. It is estimated that up to 22% of returning troops are diagnosed with the disorder which can be crippling for them when they return home. But, that doesn’t stop Chris Mannoia from volunteering to help other veterans get the benefits they need.
Chris doesn’t believe he did anything ‘special’ in his tribute to the fallen officers. He simply happy that he was able to ‘contribute something positive’ in these times of need.
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