Thursday, November 27, 2014

All That I am Thankful For...

Thankful for all That Unites Us

As I was rowing this morning in my garage gym looking out at the snow I reflected on all I am thankful for. I am thankful for being alive and for family, friends and community as well as the opportunity to serve in the Army with some great Americans.  My thoughts also wandered to the families of those I have served with that were killed in action serving this great Nation ,and lastly to the organization I am proud to be a part of, Team, Red, White, and, Blue, which keeps the stories and memories of their sacrifices alive so that we may never forget.

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to travel around the country and interact with members of Team RWB. I recently wrote about the “Medici Effect” which is the concept that when people from different backgrounds cross paths in life and have a shared experience, great things can happen. And that has been my experience with Team members and Veterans coming together to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.


  My recent experience in Boston running an obstacle course race is a prime example of this with members from Chapters in Rhode Island, Danbury, Boston, and West Point converging on Beantown for the race. Throughout the race members could have forged on individually but didn't.  Instead, they waited on their fellow Eagles (many of who they had never met before) to conquer the obstacles with their teammates and then move on to the next challenge. The examples I saw on the course really personified the Eagle Ethos of Passion, People, Positivity, Commitment, Camaraderie, and Community. It is great to be part of an organization that lives it every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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