For those of you who don’t know, my husband was a combat medic stationed in Afghanistan. We actually met while he was overseas. I was working in another library and had heard that they needed care packages sent to help boost troop morale. I put together a box full of books and snacks and hygiene products, but I didn’t want to send it anonymously. My friend had been in Iraq and mentioned that they didn’t take anonymous mail seriously. So, I randomly came across my now husband’s name online and sent the package to him. He wrote back thanking me and we kept in constant contact for the next 6 months or so. When he was finally sent back to the states he immediately flew to Wisconsin to meet me and my family. We’ve been together ever since.
When he got back from being deployed, he was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. The right side of his body doesn’t work properly and for a while he couldn’t write his name. From the outside you can’t really tell, but every now and then some symptom shows itself. He wasn’t allowed to workout for the rest of the time he was in the Army because they felt that it might worsen the symptoms of the TBI. He ended up putting on some extra weight and hasn’t been able to find the motivation to lose it. We’ve bought all the workout equipment and every now and then he’ll get a boost of energy, but overall he just needs that team-like feel and extra support that he got while in the Army.
So just recently he was accepted into a program called Rehabbing with the Troops. He has to do certain workouts and challenges along with other veterans while posting videos and blogging about the experience. I’m very happy for him because he now has that brotherhood of support that was lacking and he’s truly excited about starting the program and getting in shape!
I’ll keep you posted on his progress as he goes!