Recently, we were in Key West with several soldiers and family members : ten soldiers and fifteen family members to be exact. The purpose of the event was a recreational therapy event with scuba diving as the focus.
What struck me during the event was the attitude of the soldiers and their families: positive, upbeat, and filled with a desire to have fun with their families. The husbands, wives, and children were there for each other. During the event, one of the concerns we had was the ability to get on and off the boats. The main concern we had was dignity for the soldier and family; however, dignity was not an issue. What we learned was that the drive and determination displayed by the soldiers was incredible. The word “no” and the phrase “I can’t do it.” were simply not there. From the moment when we saw them walking off the airplane to the day they left, they amazed us with their every accomplishment. Webster’s Dictionary defines inspiration as, “the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.” The drive and determination to have fun as displayed by this motivated group was just that: inspiring.
During the week, we were part of that family and I know that I was personally touched by being there and I suspect that many others were as well. To be a small part of the healing process for these warriors and their families is beyond words. Seeing the looks on the faces of the other volunteers that came was proof that these events are what the families need.
I know it has been a while since we made a posting and I apologize for not posting an update sooner. We will post more as we grow.