color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: Brought Tears to My Eyes...

Monday, August 21, 2006

Brought Tears to My Eyes...

Back in July, a bunch of my favorite milbloggers and I were promoting the opportunity for you all to help send a bunch of disabled vets SURFIN' out in Cali... and today I received this message via the comments... it brought tears to my eyes... literally.
Good Morning "Mom,"
I just want to thank you and all of the others who helped to support and get the word out about the Surfamp clinic in Pismo Beach this past weekend. As a member of the Pismo Beach Longboarders, I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer working with the vets all week, and it was an experience I'll never forget. We helped them to surf, but they showed us so much more. I'll think twice before I ever complain about lousy conditions or poor wave selection again. These vets didn't care about what board they were riding, how big the waves were, how many other guys were snaking their waves, or whether they had zero, one, or two legs to stand up on. They were going for it no matter what!

After exhausting themselves surfing for 4-5 hours in the mornings they also had the chance to go outrigger canoeing, golfing, and ocean kayaking in the afternoons. Their stamina is unbelievable; their determination unfailing. I'm still finding sore muscles I didn't know I had.After dinner found most of us arranging rides to town so that we could continue the stoke with a little local social scene playing pool, checking out farmer's market, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning; only to get up and start again in just a few hours. I know that it's a week we'll never forget, and that many of the guys will keep in contact and be back on the shores of Pismo soon. I know I'll be looking forward to their next visit, and maybe being able to help with some of their other events as well.
Again, thank you for all of your support.
So if you missed the chance to do something good, Operation Comfort has a few trips still planned this year:
*** Galveston Sailing trip... Sept 7-10th
-- sailing, biking, skiing... and YOU CAN HELP send some more of our Guys on some great excursions for LOTS OF FUN and physical, mental and spiritual rehab to boot.
THANKS! Know that you can -- individually -- one person at a time -- make a difference!
PS WHHHOOOO! Way to go my NY Yankees!!! (But I've changed... I really feel for the Boston fans... )


At 8/22/2006 8:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too was blessed by the presence of the soldiers and marines here on the Central Coast. The determination that these guys and gals showed as well as the "determined fun" that they were working for was an inspiration to us all.
When I looked at these guys - my eyes started to mist, not out of pity, but of pride at the quality of our young men and women in our armed services. I was so happy to actually give something tangible to them (a taste of the coolest sport ever) for all that they and hundreds of thousands have done for me and my family. Bcause they are "out there" sacraficing. My family can sleep peacefully.
Seeing these guys (me at 42) I thought that I had the opportunity do do what they did - serve in the armed forces. But I didn't. Getting in the water and pushing a board ahead of the wave for these guys was an honor. It is a stoke that will last a lifetime. Again, I was given a gift I didn't deserve. Guys and gals, thank you., you're awesome! I look forward to seeing you next year.

God Bless you all.

At 8/22/2006 8:23 AM , Blogger Melinda said...

Great news!! :0)

Thanks for the update on all the fun these guys & gals had. I always wonder how these efforts turn out after reading & posting about these things.

Good to know!!

At 8/23/2006 12:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's so awesome! Brought tears to my eyes too just reading your post. Such an excellent organization!


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