2018 Honorees

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The only real criteria for the selection process is that LHCP has attempted to select a Fallen Hero from all 50 states and territories.

One of our contacts at the stateside VA hospital recently told me that they get cold chills reading the Honorees stories and share it with the veterans at the hospital. I recently labeled 72 boxes to take to the VA Hospital using the attached Honoree shipping label. And with each label I taped on the box, I felt that U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Camero was looking down on me and telling me “thank you for sharing my story”. It was my honor to salute this Fallen Hero.


June LHCP Shipment Honoree

Navy Hospital Corpsman William Ortega
Died June 18, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Navy Hospital Corpsman William Ortega

Navy Hospital Corpsman William Ortega

William Ortega Page

23, of Miami, Fla.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died June 18 in Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations.


May LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis
Died May 11, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Army Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis

Army Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis

Jessica Ellis Page

24, of Bend, Ore., assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died May 11 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when her vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.


April LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army Spc. Keenan A. Cooper
Died July 5, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Army Spc. Keenan A. Cooper

Army Spc. Keenan A. Cooper

Keenan Cooper Page

19, of Wahpeton, N.D.; assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 5 in Yakuta, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Jerod H. Osborne.


March LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army Spc. Edward J. Acosta
Died March 5, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Army Spc. Edward J. Acosta

Army Spc. Edward J. Acosta

Edward Acosta Page

21, of Hesperia, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died March 5 in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained Dec. 3 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.


February LHCP Shipment Honoree

Army Cpl. Antonio C. Burnside
Died April 6, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Army Cpl. Antonio C. Burnside

Army Cpl. Antonio C. Burnside

Antonio Burnside Page

31, of Great Falls, Mont.; assigned to 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Apr. 6 in Mushaki, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.


January LHCP Shipment Honoree

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael V. Johnson Jr.
Died March 25, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael V. Johnson Jr

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael V. Johnson Jr

Michael V. Johnson Jr. Page

25, of Little Rock, Ark.; assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, 3rd Marine Division Detachment, Fleet Marine Force, San Diego; killed March 25 while tending to wounded colleagues in Iraq.