Talking Proud Photo Gallery - Ours is a proven record of caring and helping, and expressing our love for others

Love is love, no matter what. This young girl recognizes a jewel when she sees one.

I'm here. I care. Hang on. An Army nurse near the battlefield working on a wounded GI.


I gotcha. Don't worry!


I got ya grandpa. Somehow, kids understand the challenges of growing old, and they care.


Always ready, always there. North Carolina National Guardsman assists with evacuation of people from Fayetteville, North Carolina after heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew led to flooding as high as five feet in some areas.


Caring is driven by deep-value-based motivations and concerns. Caring for others opens whole new horizons. Life is not just about "me." "Service" carries so much meaning.


Hold on trooper, we'll make it. A U.S. infantryman from A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry carries a crying child from Cam Xe village after dropping a phosphorous grenade into a bunker cleared of civilians during an operation near the Michelin rubber plantation northwest of Saigon, August 22, 1966


No one wants to be alone. Just being there to chat, to joke, to listen, it means so much, and does so much.


I got ya pal. We'll get ya outta here. The wounds of war take their toll. This GI is helped by a comrade. He's had a very rough day.


Anxious, but it’s gonna be okay. Lance Cpl. Jasmine Castaneda, USMC, comforts a child aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) after he was rescued from a sinking craft in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Castaneda is likely worried about the enormity of the 65 rescues conducted, the young lad is probably anxious about never seeing any of this kind of thing before.


We got you. Everything will be okay. Cpl. Brian Schmidt, USMC comforts an earthquake victim on a UH-1Y Huey helicopter while transporting her to safety in Nepal, May 19, 2015. Our troops do this all the time, our very best ambassadors.


Our warriors care. Sgt. George Edmonds carries a wounded Vietnamese child to a medevac helicopter. The child was hit in the hand by an errant M-16 round in a battle.


Faith in humanity. This is what good Americans do, no matter what walk of life.


You’re gonna cross the finish line, so help me God. This Ohio athlete stopped to help an injured competitor across the finish line during a track meet. Sportsmanship. Integrity.


Words are hard to find. Our most loyal companions, our puppies, they’ll never leave our side, in good or bad.


Caring for Gramp: From the book by Mark and Dan Jury called Gramp. This young man is not only caring for his grandfather, you can tell he cares about his grandfather.


Our Navy SEALs are tough, but they are human too! No one will argue the fact that our Navy SEALs are a tough, rugged, to-of-the-line bunch, but this is a riot. Here you have Mineman Seaman Sean Perkins, assigned to the underwater weapons department of Navy Munitions Command CONUS West Division, Unit Seal Beach, getting “pinched” to give blood during a Red Cross blood drive at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, February 13, 2013. The look on his face confirms these guys are human! Bravo! (022113)


A precious "angel" and a precious Wounded Warrior. There’s little one can say. This touches the soul.


Love, loyalty when times are tough. I do not know who these people are. I assume he is a wounded warrior, and she a family member or friend. You can tell by the look on his face how much this embrace means.


Gotcha sweetheart. All’s okay. Navy Lt. Lori Campbell carries a young girl to safety on Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., Sept. 1, 2012. The girl was medically evacuated from Port Sulphur, La., by members of the Louisiana Army National Guard's 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion.


Where’s the love button? If they had one, I would click it. This makes your heart skip beats. Don’t you just want to hug them both?


Two old buddies talking. You can just imagine the stories being told here. One guy said his wife gave him a SUV for his 85th --- Yep, Socks, Underwear, and Viagra!” Friendship can’t be beat.


‘Till death do us part. There are those in the world who heed those words and hold that philosophy of love and marriage. While these two are probably on their last laps, their loving embrace is as uplifting as it can get.


Thank you for being with me. A simple hand on the shoulder for an ailing lady can be enough. Not lavish, just loving and caring.


Move it, move it, move it! A medevac has just arrived and this team is wasting no time getting their wounded troop to the doc. Just stare at the looks on each of their faces. Gives you goose-bumps to know how much they care.


Don’t let go! I won’t, I’ll never let you go. We’re here.

Four souls aboard, sir. USA Black Hawk helicopters flew missions in Khost province, Afghanistan and rescued almost 100 Afghans trapped in the floods that have devastated this region and northwest Pakistan. The skipper of one aircraft said that he had to depend on his door gunners and crew chiefs to guide him into position because when they get down so low to the water, the blades flung dirty water and mud all over their windshields. The crews were very proud to help the Afghan people and they felt that, after the locals saw what was going on, they appreciated the help the US air crews were providing. Photo credit: SSgt. Sean Wright, USA, Task Force Red Knight.

Let’s see that ear. Maj. (Dr.) Brian Glodt, USAF, treats a Cambodian child during a Pacific Partnership 2010 event at Sihanoukville Hospital, Cambodia, June 19, 2010. Glodt is assigned to the USNS Mercy. Photo credit: PO2 Eddie Harrison, USN


Race relations? Damn good out here. A US soldier carries a wounded comrade to safety during Operation Attleboro, near Tay Ninh, Republic of Vietnam, November 4, 1966. Photo credit: Kim Ki Sam. Presented by Stars & Stripes.

You guys have any water? Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Schafer, right, D/2-502 Infantry, speaks with a little Iraqi girl on February 16, 2008, as Pfc. Michael Stutz, Company D, looks on. The girl came up to the soldiers asking for some water. Examine the serious looks on the soldiers' faces with this young girl. They touch my heart. GIs have always loved kids. Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis, USA.

The caring hands of an American trooper on routine patrol: Spc. Miguel Sevilla, B/1-38 Infantry, came across a young Iraqi boy with a shiner during routine patrol in Khatun, Iraq on January 24, 2008. Sevilla takes time to check the lad out, two caring hands of an American GI. The young boy is hurting, and he looks a little anxious, but he knows he's in the good hands of an American soldier. It'll be okay, son. God bless. Good job, Miguel. We love ya buddy. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson, USAF.

The faces and hands of counter-insurgency. This is the way the US is fighting the enemy, by protecting the people. Give Sgt. Scott Vogelphol here a real pat on the back. Assigned to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, he's greeting children in the Dora District of Baghdad as he arrives December 28, 2007 to help conduct a presence patrol of the area. Look at the hands of the little guy to the right --- each hand holding on to Vogelphol. Smiles all around. God loves American GIs, and so do Iraqis, and so do we. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, USAF. (010408)

GI adopts ailing Iraqi boy: Scott Southworth, right, is seen with his adopted son, Ala'a, July 19, 2007, in their home in Mauston, Wisconsin. Southworth first met Ala'a, who has cerebral palsy, at the Mother Teresa orphanage in Baghdad in 2003 while he was serving in Iraq. Photo credit: Andy Manis, AP

Thank you, America! Iraqi students stand in line to receive school supplies from U.S. Army soldiers of 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at the Thekhar Primary School in the Hateem neighborhood of Baghdad, November 12, 2007. Aren't they beautiful children? Americans have given them a chance. GIs are America's greatest ambassadors. We're thankful for our GIs, we're thankful that these young girls have a shot at a future. God has blessed the USA, and now God is blessing Iraq. Photo credit: Spc. Charles W. Gill, USA.

P.S. Remember this. The American strategy in Iraq is to kill the enemy and protect the people of Iraq. The enemy strategy is to kill Iraqis like these young girls. The American strategy is the winner. The enemy strategy is the loser.

Medvac, Medevac, Medevac! Spc. Joe Penhale, a flight medic with Co. C, 2-3 Avn. Regt., shouts instructions to a medic at Patrol Base Murray during a MEDEVAC mission for two wounded Iraqi police officers September 13,2007. The day previous, they got a call, "MEDEVAC, MEDEVAC, MEDEVAC," and crew was shooting out the door and gone. They get 15 minutes to get airborne. On this morning, the crew, callsign "Medicine Man 42," was aloft in five. The patient? An Iraqi man suffering form severe head injuries after being hit by a car in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. Photo credit: Sgt. Ben Brody, USA

Some million dollar smiles! A young Iraqi girl embraces Capt. Janet Rose assigned to the 431st Civil Affairs Battalion, at the Baqouba Women and Children's Hospital, June 9, 2007. Iraqi soldiers and troops assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, brought the hospital much needed equipment during the morning visit, including 25 incubators and 15 heart monitors. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Anthony White, USA.

Red Falcons here, help is on the way. Members of 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regimment "Red Falcons," 82nd Airborne Division, and their Iraqi allies came upon 24 abused and severely malnourished orphans abandoned in Baghdad on June 20, 2007. The soldiers were working under the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, the "Falcon Brigade," when they made the discovery. They called in medics and the Iraqi soldiers notified the local council members, who rushed in to help the boys as well. The CBS News video shows the boys living in horrifying conditions. Photo credit: CBS News Handout, Reuters.

It's okay son, the "Muleskinners" have you. Major Joseph Johnson, 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) surgeon, 82nd Airborne Division, stabilizes a three-year-old Iraqi boy with second degree burns to his face, shoulders, and chest from an accident involving hot water on May 9, 2007. His mom hailed some soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division and asked for help. She knew where to go for help. The troopers got the boy to the "Muleskinner Clinic," Camp Taji, Iraq, where he was treated, stabilized, and moved to the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT) clinic, manned by Iraqi and American medical staff for recovery. Camp Taji is home of the 115th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) "Muleskinners." The clinic is run by Charlie Company, 115th BSB, 1st BCT, known as "C-Med." The CMATT has been training a lot of Iraqi medics and is seen by the Iraqi government as a recruiting tool, one of those essential facilities to improving overall healthcare throughout Iraq. Photo credit: US Army. (051507)

It is hard to remember ever seeing a photo more beautiful than this. These are Jason and Suzie Schecterle, man and wife, parents of three children. Jason is a Phoenix policeman. On March 26, 2001, he was patrolling alone in his police cruiser, and was at a full stop. A speeding taxi slammed into his rear, and his cruiser exploded. Jason suffered fourth degree burns over his neck, head and hands. His torso, arms and legs were seared as well. Multiple crews of doctors, nurses, family members, and friends, along with his God, pulled him through. See Jason Schechterle, for his story and that of his family. Uplifting is an understatement. (011307)

Rest easy. We got ya and I'm going to take care of you. Capt. Kristen McCabe holds a soldier's hand and talks to him during his flight to Germany. The special forces soldier was seriously injured in an ambush in southern Afghanistan recently. McCabe is a Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team nurse with the 438th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Photo credit: Cpl. Keith Kluwe, USA. Presented by USAF

"Comforting embrace." Air Force Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group, Balad AB, Iraq, cradles a young girl as they both sleep at the base hospital. Insurgents executed the girl's entire family and shot her in the head as well. The US military treated the little girl at Balad. Staff has said the Chief was the only one who seemed able to calm the girl down. He slept several nights in the chair holding the girl, and she slept too. She was in the good hands of the US Air Force. Photo credit: David W. Gilmore, Jr, USAF.

Comfort. Compassion. Battalion Chief D.D. Clark consoles a resident after a fire in his home on Evans Avenue, Ft. Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Glen E. Ellman. Presented by

This is America people. Talk proud. Be proud. Study the expression on the face of Spc. April Krueger, an Army "Dustoff" medic. And the guy off her right shoulder. They are worried about their wounded patient, they are in a hurry to get him aboard a waiting American Blackhawk helicopter, and they see it to be urgent they get him to the hospital and the surgeons in the next nanosecond or less. Who is their patient? We don't know his name, but he is an Iraqi guardsman wounded by a car bomb. God Krueger, you make us proud. Thank you, and thank your colleagues for caring. We love you all. Photo credit: Lucien Reed, "Birds of Mercy," by Leslie Sabbagh, presented by Popular Mechanics. (040806)

A lesson in leadership. U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Murillo of Waltham, Massachusetts stands over two other Marines securing a street during a patrol in Saadah, Iraq, eight miles from Syria, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005. Photo credit: Jacob Silberberg, AP

Cradling an injured baby, just like mom did when he was a kid. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. "Eddyboy" Mesa holds an Iraqi child injured when a roadside bomb exploded in Mosul, Iraq in February 2005. Photo credit: Former Army Sgt. Walt Gaya, a sniper who was wounded in Iraq, who has become vision impaired in one eye, and now hopes to become a photojournalist. He took this picture after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle, and injured this baby boy. Gaya says that Sgt. Mesa was cradling the child, trying to hush his tears: "He was comforting him, just like my mom would when I was a kid." Photo presented by Walt Gaya, AP, and background presented by Antonio Castaneda, AP writer, in "Vet Who Photographed Iraq Loses Some Sight."

Allies, comrades in arms, brothers: An U.S. soldier carries a wounded Iraqi soldier after a suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad September 24, 2005. Photo credit: Ali Jasim, Reuters

Damn near more than one can take. U.S. Army soldier comforts a dead child fatally wounded in a car bomb blast in Mosul, 360 km (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 2, 2005. Photo credit: Michael Yon

Compassion on the battlefield for a friend. This photo of on GI comforting another was taken during the Korean War, and published by Life in 1950

Kids just love GIs, always have. A U.S. soldier plays with displaced Iraqi children from Falluja on the outskirts of the war-torn town, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, December 15, 2004. Photo credit: Shamil Zhumatov, Reuters

One man's dedication. Wearing a bloody bandage over the left side of his face, medic Thomas Cole of Richmond, Va., tends to a soldier of the First Cavalry Divison in Vietnam. Photo credit: Henri Huet, Vietnam, 1966, AP, presented by Modern American Poetry, "A Vietnam Photo Essay"

A loving kiss for an Iraqi baby before a possible attack against this young child's town, Fallujah. A Marine of the 1st Division kisses a local child before he joins a foot patrol outside Fallujah, Iraq Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004. US forces are preparing for a possible attack on the rebel stronghold of Fallujah. Photo credit: Anja Niedringhaus, AP

The tender touch of an American's nurse's right hand. U.S. Army nurse Linda Pride at the U.S. military's Ibn Sina Hospital in the Green Zone of Baghdad, Iraq watches over an Iraqi national guardsman after his hand was amputated from combat injuries on October. 26, 2004. Photo credit: John Moore, AP

U.S. military police officer Brian Pacholski comforts his hometown friend, U.S. military police David Borello, both from Toledo, Ohio, at the entrance of the military base in Balad, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Baghdad on June 13, 2003. Borello broke down after seeing three Iraqi children who were injured while playing with explosive material. Photo credit: Victor R. Caivano, AP. June 25, 2003.

American Army surgeons work to save the life of a North Korean enemy soldier. We've done this in every war we've fought. They might drag our wounded and dead soldiers through the streets. We cart theirs off to a hospital.

Drenched in sweat, Zachary Howlett, of Lakeland, Florida, hands out pet food at a food and donations site in Wauchula, Florida, along U.S. Route 17, August 16, 2004. After watching the devastation wreaked along Route 17 by Hurricane Charley on television, Howlett went door-to-door in his hometown to raise $220 overnight. He then bought food and supplies, and asked his father to drive him to Wauchula so he could pass it out himself. Photo credit: Gregory Bull, AP

US medics proved their worth to these two! An Iraqi child and mother enjoy themselves after receiving care at a field hospital set up by the U.S. Army's 86th Combat Support Hospital March 30, at an undisclosed location in south central Iraq. The 86th Combat Support Hospital, out of Ft. Campbell, Ky., was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo credit: Sgt. Kyran V. Adams, US Army