Noah Galloway -- a “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, Iraq veteran and motivational speaker -- met with a group of veterans on Saturday morning at the Myrtle Beach Sheraton before serving as the grand marshal for the city’s Memorial Day parade.
It’s been great to talk to them, to make sure I thank them for their service and they thank me for mine. There’s a camaraderie, there’s a brotherhood, there’s a family that comes with being a veteran.
“It’s been great to talk to them, to make sure I thank them for their service and they thank me for mine,” said Galloway, a co-host of the television show “American Grit” on Fox. “There’s a camaraderie, there’s a brotherhood, there’s a family that comes with being a veteran.”
The group of veterans was in Myrtle Beach with Scents for Soldiers, a non-profit that provides “rest, relaxation and rehabilitation” for injured and ill active duty-military personnel, according to founder Christina Shealey.
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“We do it twice a year, bringing two busloads down to Myrtle Beach to sponsor a free vacation, get them out on the beach, toes in the sand, so they remember what it’s like to be normal,” she said.
Kip Lee Jr. is one of those soldiers.
Lee, a military police officer, said it was a great experience meeting Galloway.
“He’s an infantry guy just like myself so we relate really closely,” he said. “He’s from the 101, I’m from the 173rd.”
Galloway said Myrtle Beach has been a great experience for him and his children.
“I love it here at Myrtle Beach,” he said. “It’s beautiful and the people are great.”
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @CBOSCH192