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Find the hero in you endeavors to guide veterans on their journey back into life through cycling and other activities. We are building a ship for all veterans to have a safe journey in all that they do, to never sit alone in that dark place and to know that if they should start to fall that every veteran is trained in damage control and will be there to save them. Because each veteran has to be "The Veteran" who is here for all veterans. Imagine how awesome it would be to have this unity and to be part of this ship!
What follows is an analogy to give you the understanding of what it means to be on board this ship of heroes.
Every veteran is a hero and trained in what it takes to be part of this ship. All the knowledge of one has to be shared by all so all can save the ship in time of need. It really is all for one and one for all. When a new warrior comes on board it is the responsibility of all to teach the warrior the ways of the ship. Once this is done the warrior receives a heroes welcome from all saying, "Once I like he, now he like me! This is a ship of knowledge controlled by veterans to create heroes and assets to the ship.
How big is the ship? - Only as big as the compartments the ship is made of.
Where do i find a ship?
Ships have been built for us. All we have to do is search and believe. Then your journey will guide you to a ship. Once on board we are committed to helping each other which in turn help ones own self to find the purpose and meaning in life.
I know of a ship in Coronado California. My buddy is on board this ship. It is not a very big ship, maybe two or three hundred compartments. He has been on board this ship for about fifteen years. It is never sank, has always stayed afloat. Maybe being on a little ship is safer than being on board something like an aircraft carrier with thousands of compartments. I think I would get lost. In fact I have done this very thing.
I was on board the USS Independence CV-62 when I was stationed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was in dry dock to be refitted with the newest technology. The Independence had so many compartments that I never saw the whole ship in the year I was on board. It was an amazing ship. While on board I would often venture out to explore the rest of the ship, wondering what the other compartments had in them. I would usually get lost. I had taken a class on how to read the compartment signs, but during class I was not paying attention like I should have. I was given a book on how to read the signs but did not study it. Thus, I would get lost. I would find myself asking other shipmates for directions and hoping they had read their book. Sometimes I would find my way out with the help of a good shipmate, but most the time was spent being lost until I found my way to the flight deck. I figured if I headed up at some point I would find what I was looking for. The journey took forever. I think maybe I should have read the book, even studied with one of the good shipmates that lead me out.
All the training I have had is to be a lone wolf, solo lobo. I am done with that. It is easier running with the pack or letting a good shipmate teach me how to read the book and make sure I understand it so I done get lost.
It is the responsibility of all the crew on the ship to make sure we are all one- "Once I like he, now he like me! This should be everyones goal to save the ship.
On board ship we have a damage control team that specializes in saving compartments. These shipmates we must protect with our belief in the mission, so they have the strength to save the ship in time of distress.
This is an amazing thing to witness and to share with the rest of the world. Even though some people might not know what a ship is or maybe they are scared of the water because they were never taught to swim. They cannot even imagine stepping on board a ship. What if I fall off and drown? Who will save me? We need to show that it is safe to be on board that if one should fall, the damage control team will jump in and save them. WOW, that is the whole ship! Maybe this is what being on board a ship is all about. Maybe this is all things and all things are a ship.
I feel like I need to go out and build a ship! Do I feel or do I know? Time will tell. I am still reading the book on how to find my way from one compartment to the next. I hope the captain says I am finished today. .
The captain is the God our father!
Dear We The People, Increasing numbers of U.S. troops have left the military with damaged bodies and minds. We veterans are strong willed and will not accept defeat. We live in a great nation were heroes thrive. Yes we are veterans that have been and will always be on active duty nothings changed! The Disabled american veteran will always be active to ensure the well being of all who chose to live in this great land we call America. When difficult times come and they always do you will pick a person to stand behind in time of need. I believe if I were the civilian my choice would be to stand behind that veteran to my side because I know he has been given a gift to save lives in time of adversity. I will stand behind him because I know that even with PTSD or missing limbs his heart is pure to save lives. Do I look down on him now in my time of need? No he is my brother, my savior and my hero. I know I will live to the next day because my brother veteran was taken care of during his time of need so that he could assist me in my time of distress. These warriors of the life's fight must not be forgotten. It is there job and duty in life to save lives. Find the hero ask for donations so its possible to gather these heroes and take them on adventures and life experiences that they’ve never been on or have forgotten about. To give them that break in duty to stand down and relax even for a moment that will give them the chance to refocus and move forward to find that hero. We are the few the proud that have served our country to the up most. We don’t need or want medication so that we are acceptable to roam in society. Maybe society needs to relax and stay calm while they roam around the great heroes that set in stone their right to chose the direction they’d like to follow in life. Whether it be the righteous way of a warrior or just to be a civilian to live freely one day to the next. That’s your choice we secured it for you so why say we are not acceptable in the community. Society needs to understand that we have been trained to be on high alert. If we walk around stoned on meds what good are we? There are better ways with cycling and activities like scuba, rappelling, skydiving. The activities we’ve been trained in. Find the hero is asking for funds to take veterans and give them back that life they once had. Yes our training in desert warfare sent us to the land of the beginning to try and reach an end to a destruction of innocent lives. We were there and witness things you will never understand. We suffered the pain of sights and thoughts that were unbearable so you would not have to. This was our duty and job to save you from the unbearable discomforts of life so you could enjoy life. Any donations will go to helping veterans to find the hero in themselves everyday. To insure veterans affairs, veterans administration and disabled American veterans have the tolls to guide veterans back into life through being active and positive without medication.
The picture on the left was taken in March 2015 a few days before being admitted into ICU at Saint Mary’s hospital. After being in ICU for four days I had enough. I was done. The decision was to get off these Meds which had made it impossible for me to function. What’s amazing about this hand full of Meds is If I was having a side effect from one of them I was given another to help. Where does it end?
The picture on the right was taken in or around November 2015. It took a minute to get to this point of only taking two Meds and was by no means easy. This reduction in Meds was the result of cycling and staying active. I had to change my mind set from one of which pill do I take next to how many miles will I ride today.
There are so many veterans that do not know there are nonprofits out there to help. Find the hero in you will be that hub for all nonprofits that cater to veterans to make sure no veteran is left in the dark.
Great day to Find the Hero!
Find the Hero in You everyday to push forward through all obstacles.
From the book of Heroes chapter 1:
1. "For the Heroes so loved America, that they signed the papers and started on this journey. That who ever joins them and believes, shall not perish, but be delivered to the righteous place in the desert.” Heroes 1:1(BOH)
2. These things that the Heroes have written to you, that their life may be in you and that your life may be full of knowing them.” Heroes 1:2(BOH)
3. "Whoever believes in this, he will bear witness about the Heroes.” Heroes 1:3(BOH)
4. "Friend’s, you will also bear witness because you have been with the Heroes from the beginning.” Heroes 1:4(BOH)
5. "Heroes said to the people, come and I will show you life. Journey, that you may see freedom. We will have all things that make us full of Joy.” Heroes 1:5(BOH)
Great Heroes! Plan of the day:
"To Find the Hero in You"
We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up ... discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
The hero sees values beyond what's possible. That's the nature of a hero. This makes the whole struggle of humanity worthwhile.
Find the Hero in You!!
"Conservation" the act of conserving; prevention of injury, decay, waste, or loss; (Preservation Of All Heroes!)
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
General George S. Patton
When we're at the point of quitting is when we need to dig deep to Find that Hero. There are no life guards. What we become in life is at that point when we had to dig deep to survive. This is the life of a "Human Being".
The veteran in this track chair is a nonstop warrior! When you think poor me and have your pity party remember things can always be worse. This is one person that doesn't say cant, he says what can we do next and pushes forward to Find that Hero everyday! This warrior doesn't fade. RideOn Jim!
PTSD doesn't define who you are. It does give you a clear path with people staying away because they believe your damaged in some way but the fact is the people clearing your path are the ones damaged with no understanding that everyone in life has PTSD but because ours is related to combat its in some way worse. It takes time for understanding. We just have to "Believe" in "Hope" that the world will change.
Warriors never fade, even in the last of days.
This Is more honorable teaching more like me,
Of wind, hills and headwinds to combat PTSD,
Twice the familiar track, never turning back.
Of noblest minds preparing to ride,
Every ounce of energy thought and will,
Must be applied!