January 19, 2006

Visiting Walter Reed

As Army Wife, Blackfive, and Andi have all mentioned, we all went to Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday to visit with wounded troops. I was able to meet with about 5 different guys and some of their family. Each visit was absolutely amazing and personally inspiring.

Chuck and Carren were incredible. They were both full of laughter and stories, showing off pictures of their kids. I secretly think they are both natural bloggers at heart. ;-)

Joey and Jayme may have been one of the toughest meetings for me. They are both doing fantastic - a living reminder of just how far hope, determination, and love can take you. They have beaten the odds on so many levels and in so many ways, but not an ounce of self-pity or bitterness about the trials that most people would feel ever makes its way to their smiling faces.

I listened on as one young, very recently wounded soldier told us about his treatment options and what his likely decision would be. He was stuck between a rock and a hard place with his choices, but he spoke of his decision so easily. For him, the choice was easy - he was going to do what it took to give his little girl the best life he could give her.

The thank you's that these guys and their families said to us though, they were tough. I went there to say thank you for what I didn't have the strength or courage to do for my country and here they were saying thank you to me? Truly inspiring...

Soldier after soldier being placed in the most difficult situation of their lives, yet they keep their hearts in the right place. Even when they have every right to be angry and selfish, they continue to serve as examples to us all with their attitude toward other and their outlook on life.

Thank you, Warriors.
Thank you, Andi, Sandra, & Blackfive.
Thank you, Fisher House, Soldiers Angels, Wounded Warrior Project, Sew Much Comfort, Any Soldier, Books for Soldiers, Homes for Our Troops.
Thank you, to all those that do what they can to make sure these men and women (and their families) know they are appreciated, loved, and most of all not forgotten.

Posted by Princess Cat at January 19, 2006 06:56 AM @ 06:56 AM in Ok, I'm Serious Here // Permalink | TrackBack

Hey..Ive thought about this one...and came to the conclusion that the soldiers thanked you..for beingsupportive and caring enough to go see them and show yoru support for them. Ya know!?! I think it is a great thing you all did, and hopefully one day i will be able to do the same.

Posted by: katie at January 19, 2006 09:41 AM

... you guys did a very, very good thing....

Posted by: Eric at January 19, 2006 04:19 PM

Thank YOU Cat for sharing your expierence with us. And Eric's right...y'all did a very good thing.

Posted by: Tammi at January 19, 2006 07:13 PM

A very good thing indeed. I'm thinking I may have to stop at Brooks Army Medical Center when I'm home in February/March. I'll see what I can do, but I have a mother with cancer and she takes priority at the moment.

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