Letter: Vail supports troops
President Local 4138 IAFF
Vail, CO Colorado
After attending the “wounded warrior’s” dinner last night, I woke up this morning wanting to express my feelings knowing that I was changed forever. But how do I put tears and gratitude into words after such an experience?
I have supported the “war” from the beginning, but until now, I have witnessed this war only through the media, far removed from the tragedy of losing a family member or having one injured. But after last night’s dinner, I have had a change of heart and mind. Not so much for or against the war, but in support of these heroes who have given so much. Everyday men and women such as these are trying to protect the freedom of a people who don’t really know what freedom is for, how they can use it to live and, short of their own lives; they have paid a dear price.
I had my eyes opened very wide this last Saturday night when the Vail Fire Department held its annual dinner for these heroes. These soldiers and their families were among the most uplifting group of people I have ever had the privilege to meet. With the adversity that they have had to go through, I seriously wonder if I could do it. The positive attitude these men and women of combat projected changed my way of thinking on my life and life in general.
I am a firefighter for the Town of Vail and the president of Local 4138 and I have been involved with the “Wounded Warrior Project” for the last five years. This project helps injured soldiers, men and women wounded in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, come to Vail with their families to enjoy our great valley and celebrate their lives. And frankly, we are privileged to be a part of it. These soldiers come straight from Walter Reed Medical Center having just lost an arm or leg just four weeks ago. What were you doing just four weeks ago? It is to their credit that they have made the physical adjustment and the positive spiritual commitment to a better life. I am honored to be small part of such an uplifting and obviously life-changing experience.
I wish to personally thank Bill and Cheryl Jensen as well as everyone directly or indirectly involved for their unwavering support of such a project.
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