Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Update from Rob and Dan's ICU address

This is from one of Dan's closest friends:

Family & Friends,

Just wanted to send you all a quick update on Dan...He is doing great and everyday is getting better and better. Yesterday, the ICU took Dan off the ventilator and to everyone's surprise he started talking. Dan remembers pretty much everything in detail, and his spirits are as high as ever. He understands his injuries and is anxious to start his rehab as soon as possible. He was even cracking jokes about the number of pullups he'll be able to knock out.... and how fast he'll be swimming with bionic fin attachments. He will be undergoing a surgical wash out today and will continue his surgical debridement/reconstructive surgeries every other day for sometime, hopefully to be out of the ICU in two weeks or less. He has the verybest surgeons... the White House medical team in fact. He wanted me to pass along to each of you that he loves you all and looks forward to seeing you all soon. Out of respect for Dan's family, and the necessity for Dan to get as much rest as he can while in the ICU, he wanted me to pass along that unless you are family or very close and immediate friend to please wait to visit until he is out of the ICU in 1-2 weeks. So far the support has been tremendous and the NSW community has taken great care of Dan and his family. Please feel free to send cards or notes of support to Dan and the family. As Dan begins the road to complete recovery, please continue to keep his Mother Alice and his Sister Leslie in your thoughts and prayers as well as the men in Dan's platoon as they begin their deployment. A few of us in the D.C. area will continue to be with Dan multiple times a week and I will be sending out a weekly SITREPs for you all. Please feel free to send me contact info of anyone else that wishes to be on the Distro list to track his progress.

Best Regards,


Dan's Address in the ICU:

LT Dan Cnossen
ICU - Bed 4
8901 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20880


  1. Brother, we here at SQT are praying for you mate and are anxious to your strong return. A warriors spirit cannot be broken and we have no doubt that you will return, stronger, faster and better than before. Great work my brother, and God Speed.

    Rob/Leslie, thanks for getting this up and running, let us know if you guys need anything.

    SOCM Mike Higgs

  2. Hi Leslie, Dan, Alice and Family,
    Just wanted to let you know that myself and everyone here in NYC, Omaha, Miami, and Kansas City are thinking about you, praying for you and so inspired by Dan's amazing progress! I am also so glad and impressed that Dan has the White house medical team working with him. Dan literally deserves nothing less!! Love you guys, have a great night and I'll talk to you soon.
    Lots of love

  3. Leslie, Alice, and Daniel,
    It sounds like another great day!!! Many thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to come your way from your Shawnee Heights families.
    I will try to get some pictures from May sent tomorrow (KU graduation)
    Hugs and love to all of you!
    Carlene and Family

  4. Hello Dan and Family,
    I am so happy that recovery is going well and I'm relieved to hear that Dan is already so positive about what the future holds, although it's not surprising since he is one of the most positive and inspiring people I've ever had the privilege to know! My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Thanks for posting the progress online!
    Take care,
    Leslie Carano (formerly "Boegel")

  5. Wonderful news. Thanks for starting this blog.

  6. Dan,
    I heard about your injuries on Sat., the day before I did Ironman WI...and I haven't stopped thinking of you since then. When you're ready for visitors, I would love to come up and see you.

  7. Keep up the good work, Dan. Praying for you daily.

    Dan Hancock

  8. Dan,

    I don't know you, but I'm a fellow frogman praying for your health and recovery. Do not hesitate to ask Soldier's Angels for anything. They are amazing and completely dedicated to helping you and your family out.

    I wish you all the best and I will be eagerly tracking your progress.

    SOC Matt Heidt