United States Marines
Above and beyond doesn't begin to cover it. Shortly after returning from Iraq, Kevin Burciaga learned he was a perfect bone marrow match for a complete stranger. Without hesitation, he flew to Washington, D.C., donated his marrow in a week-long procedure, and then spent his birthday in the ER as a result of the procedure. The patient fully recovered and is now close to Kevin and his wife. While in Iraq (9/07-9/08), Kevin was on the Incident Response Team, doing the dangerous work of detonating IEDs. He received numerous medals for his work. Kevin, who lives in Upland, Calif., coaches a YMCA league basketball team, but his favorite volunteer job is with Young Marines, a program that helps kids stay off the streets and out of trouble through community service and a focus on education.