Day 5 of Navy SEAL PT Course means graduation, but it’s an honor you don’t show up and collect, you still have to earn it down to the very last minute of push-ups and ruck-runs.
But all the blood, sweat and tears was more than worth the effort and pain because it meant that I am alive, healthy and able to live the life of my dreams.
Many of our troops no longer can, and many of the world’s citizens aren’t as lucky as I am. Since Friday, I have been busy traveling and celebrating beautiful family milestones, such as a baby shower for one of my sisters.
The other element I have been faced with since Friday is the severe fluctuation of weather, ie barometric pressure, which causes any number of neurological symptoms to show up for me, as a survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury.
With 20 percent of wounded troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq with some level of TBI, it is even more clear how lucky I am to have recovered to the level I have and to be able to just flit off to Boston for the weekend with my family.
Many troops won’t be able to travel independently for a long time, or ever again because of the limitations of their injuries. This makes it all the more important to me that Thrifty Vintage Chic reaches the goal of providing the troops both here at Walter Reed and in Germany with a respite from facing the facts of their injuries and recoveries.
So far, Cooking with the Troops has received enough donations from our community (yes, Thrifty Vintage Chic is a little virtual community!) to host an entire BBQ at Walter Reed before that military hospital closes in the fall!
I think that deserves a big HOOYAH!!
Thank you for your generosity! And thank you for your continued support in seeing to it that the word is spread and the remaining $14,000 is raised so that the wounded troops in Germany can also experience some good old fashioned American love.
Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter … be sure to like this YouTube video … or e-mail your favorite blog post this far to all your contacts … every action you take definitely has an impact! (I certainly learned that from Instructor Walston!)
Coming up tomorrow: A Chic idea for summer parties, some Vintage inspiration and a Thrifty home decorating tip all from a very special baby shower in Boston!