On my way to a four day all expenses paid wounded warrior caregivers retreat in Whitefish Montana. Fishing, hiking, golf, mountain biking, and much more. There will also be speakers and counseling sessions for the participant. Hoping I don’t get to emotional talking about my son-in-law and my daughter. Just thinking about the two of them puts a lump in my throat. I once spoke to a group of retired Marines and lost it as I described my daughter’s love and devotion to her Marine. Looking forward to some time away and to my first visit to Montana. Thank you Wounded Warrior Project. You have been there for Sam and Erin and our whole family since day one….which by the way will be three years tomorrow (when Sam was injured in Iraq). Happy “Alive Day” Sam!
My son-in-law was severely injured on July 24th 2007 when his convoy was hit by two IED’s in northern Iraq. His unit’s mission was to support and lead convoy’s safely through this part of the country. Sam had volunteered for this assignment (tour in Iraq) because he was experienced (he was in the battle of Fallujah) and wanted to take care of his buddies in Kilo 3/12. The injuries resulted in severe TBI (traumatic brain injury) and Sam remains in a hospital setting to this day. My daughter, Erin, comes to be with him every day and is probably the reason Sam has made so much progress. In this update, Sam makes significant movement in his left leg for the first time.
A friend of mine, Bernadine, went to N.C. to visit her cousin for a week. Her cousin lives fairly close to the ocean so the two cousins spent a lot of time laying out at the beach. On one of the trips, Bernadine lost her camera, drivers license, credit card & $25 (all were in the camera case). They searched and searched for the her lost belongs, reported the loss to the lifeguards and local police to no avail. Long story short—-Bernadine never found her stuff and had her ex-husband FedEx her passport to her so she could board the plane for home. After arriving back in Sacramento, she got a box in the mail with all her belonging along with a letter from the guy who found her stuff. He said his family went to the beach and noticed a strap sticking out of the sand and pulled out her camera case. Right away, he called her insurance company and they canceled her card. She’s going to send him money to reimburse him for the postage along with a very nice letter thanking him for making her day. Nice to hear a happy ending once in a while!