Ways to Get Involved

I was at the Pentagon on 9-11.

On the other side of the building, outside. I felt the heat of the fireball as it rose over the building. Like someone threw open the curtains fully exposing me to the heat of the Colorado sun. It was a horrible day, forever seared into my memory.

The tragedy. The sacrifice. The response.

In the aftermath, it was amazing to see how people got involved to make a difference. The first responders who rushed to the scene because it’s what they do and who they are. The blood banks overflowing because people stood in line for hours to donate a pint. The simple flowers people left near the scene to express their sorrow, grief and sympathy.

Everyone seemed to be seeking a way to help.

That instinct is hardwired into our DNA as Americans in times of tragedy. While the memories of that day seem distant now, the ripple effects continue to spread. Many of our veterans are returning home with significant physical, mental and emotional barriers.

Here at No Barriers Warriors, the most common question I get is, “How can I help?” My answer is simply, “Get involved!” Keep that helping spirit alive in our veteran’s time of need.

Thankfully, there’s lots of ways to make a difference in the lives of veterans. Some are simple and take the click of a mouse. Others are complex and require a significant investment in time and energy — but it all makes a difference.

Help us spread the word about our programming. Go over to the Spread the Word page where once the team is announced you’ll be able to follow their journey through images, videos and blogs, and follow the program on Twitter or Facebook. Better yet, post a statement of support on our social channels to motivate and inspire the team as they do the same for all of us.

Apply yourself, or nominate a veteran. Sometimes, all it takes is to take that first step and then things seem to fall in place. It did for Diggs Brown, who had never heard of No Barriers before a friend mentioned it. Read his blog here and then apply.

Another option is to take the No Barriers Pledge. It only takes a couple of clicks but it can inspire change in a big way. Maybe you don’t know a veteran. Pledge to get to know one in 2015. I can connect you — I know plenty! Maybe you pledge to train with the team. Set a goal, like walking 13,804 steps on 9-11 and then follow along with and train with the team. 13,804 is the elevation of Gannett Peak!

9-11 was a significant day in my life. Sept. 11, 2015 will be a significant day for our team as well. That’s the day, weather pending, they’ll summit Gannett Peak.