Q&A: Why do you want to participate?
We recently asked the participants during the the application and selection process why they wanted to participate in the Warriors to Summits program. Here are some of their inspiring responses:
“12 years ago my life changed forever. I grew up, and lost a part of who I was when my unit was activated. I still catch myself trying to find the years of my life that passed while serving in Iraq, trying to fill that void. I am proud of my service, but long to fill that void that it has left in my life. I participated in a women’s retreat last year, and being with other female veteran’s was an amazing experience. It was nice to connect and recharge. Knowing I’m not the only one struggling, and having others to share it with has been life saving.” – Avis, U.S. Army Veteran
“I completed my active service in 2006 with severe PTSD and 10 years later I still suffer. I have tried a variety of treatments and methods with very little success. Currently my only form of therapy is nature and other veterans, I find myself at peace and comforted when in the company of people who understand my sacrifices. Additionally I find that physical fitness has played a large role in my therapy through helping me gain self esteem and self efficacy. My main complaint with my PTSD is that I have been unable to overcome enough to where I can feel comfortable enough with people to gain and maintain rewarding employment.” – Nick, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
“I heard about this program from a Vet that I served with in Iraq, Paul Smith, who participated in your program in 2015. He recommended that I check it out. I found out this morning that my wife nominated me also. I would like the chance to participate in this program. I love the outdoors and would appreciate the chance to go on an adventure with experienced people. I have wanted to do things like this but have never really had the chance, or time or money to do them.” – Terry, U.S. Army Veteran
” I want to show others (Veterans included) that what society calls a “disability” is only fuel for us to press forward and do great things! I never look back unless I’m doing so to help another person move forward! The Army taught me to adapt and overcome! I’m doing just that.” – Matt, U.S. Army Veteran
“I really feel that by achieving something awesome like this could boost my confidence again and my therapist at the VA agrees. Since being medically discharged from the military I have had a hard time adapting to a civilian life; being inactive, feeling like I failed and missing the brother/sisterhood from military life.” – Alex, U.S. Army Veteran