This blog started as an idea from a design project in grad school to “Reimagine” how we share the Wounded Warrior experience with American society. I was wounded in Iraq in 2004, suffering a severe internal injury. Now I TICK WHEN I RUN. You will read stories on how endurance sports have helped me CRUSH adversity, conquering my injuries both mentally and physically. Physical fitness, especially endurance sports, changes lives for the better. FIRED UP!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Veterans "ON FIRE"-Inspirational Stories of Veterans CRUSHING IT Daily
This week I saw a couple of stories that inspired me. On Thursday FT. Polk had a post run to celebrate the Army’s 237th birthday. I saw the picture below of the soldier ( I do not know his name. I will post it when I find out) missing his right leg running with the post guidon and that really fired me up. This soldier is still out there giving 100% despite his injuries.
The other story was of a Navy Lieutenant who was blinded while serving on a Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team and is now training for the upcoming Paralympic games in London. It is another AWESOME story about the resiliency of wounded veterans, refusing to give up when facing extreme hardships. Follow the link below for his story:
Thinking about these two stories made me think of some of the soldiers who I have served with along the way who were wounded in the current war but have bounced back and are out CRUSHING IT still to this day. During my second company command, when I commanded Aggressor Company 1-353 IN (FSF-CA) at FT. Polk, LA my Executive Officer was LT Paul Wade.
Before Paul was commissioned he was wounded while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan when he had a Taliban anti-tank mine go off approximately 15 FT in front of him. He took the blast and continued the mission. A year later he was graduating Officer Candidate School ,commissioned as an Infantry Officer.
Paul shortly after the mine going off.
Paul’s wife Erika and his father (COL (R ) Billy Wade ) pinning him as a newly commissioned 2LT a year after the mine blast.
Picture of Paul’s vehicle after the anti-tank mine strike
Shortly after he reported to my company he shared that story with me. I thought “WOW,this guy took one for the team and kept going” and felt lucky to have him as part of my team. I am honored to be a part of the military profession serving with people that value personal courage and selfless service. A profession that is made up of people like LT Paul Wade, LT Brad Snyder, and the unnamed FT. Polk soldier above. These servicemembers despite their injuries continue to be physically active and are out CRUSHING IT every day. I am lucky to be surrounded by people like this on a daily basis.
Physical fitness and endurance sports change people for the better. So get out there on a regular basis and CRUSH IT. You never know the people you will meet or the stories you will hear from the people on your left and right who are out there crushing it with you.
I am inspired daily by the people I work out with and the people I meet at endurance races like triathlons, Spartan races, 5Ks, 10Ks, Half-Marathons, Half Ironmans, etc…….