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Old 05-07-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Wftw 2013

Well the event has ended and it was quite possibly the most fun I have had so far. I think we have a few things to tweak but it really worked well. I wanted to share my experience with you guys. So here it is. Long but a great experience.

Seems like every year there is one person at the event that touches many lives. This year it was my pleasure to ride with her. Her name was Pam. She was not a Warrior, she was not injured, but she did come on the bus from Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).

We organized a special group of a few 4x4s to take Jim Hatfield, our Sponsor from Northwest Dodge Jeep in Houston, and Bullion Stacker out. We had empty seats and begin pulling from the rear of the line. I left about 2 or 3 seats empty in case we had a problem and needed to do move some over. On the way out, I saw a name tag on a lady that acted like she was going to jump in my jeep. The soldiers and families have different tags so I new she came on a bus. I stopped and asked if she wanted to ride with me in my empty seat. She said, "Really, sure! but I have two jeeps with me, can they follow? I said, "Absolutely!" So we headed out.

I asked her if she was military, thinking she was probably one of the nurses. It turned out, she was a mother and now a caregiver. She had identical twin sons and one was at BAMC. He was hit by a roadside IED and has lost both legs and will likely lose his arm. As she continued her story, she told me how hard he had worked to make it to the event. He has been in the hospital for 7 months and was supposed to be dismissed Wednesday before the event. Pam, his mother, had flown in to go with him to the event. After finding out he would not be released, they were extremely disappointed. The son told his mother, "YOU GO! Please." She reluctantly left. The cool thing is, her other son, the twin is serving at Fort Hood. He had hoped to see his mother and bother and showed up with two friends in Jeeps, the two that followed us. Both f her son's love Jeeps and both have plans to buy one. Hopefully one will be driving next year.

So far a great story, right, but it does not end there. Remember Jim Hatfield? Well Jim had one of our fine warriors with him. A young man we call Col. Dan. He was hit with a Roadside IED and lost both legs. He also has a Jeep and Jim had it outfitted very nicely and had all the controls put in it for him to drive. I took Pam back and introduced her to Jim and Dan. To see another young man like her son driving a Jeep and continuing his life really made her day. The stars sometimes fall into the right slots when we need them too. Oh yeah, and she drove. She drove through some HARD stuff too. I have a video I will post when it is done uploading.

Now that was just my experience with this Mother, Pam. While on the trail we did nothing but talk and laugh. I told her about Shane. He was busted up, had two little girls and wife Hilary with him. This was in 2011. They had a blast. WFTW changed his outlook on life and in 2012 they returned to volunteer and help with operations. Now, this year, he bought a jeep, well, he bought his wife a Jeep, and they returned as drivers. I meant to introduce Pam to Shane but the opportunity never arose. The event ended and Pam left. I was a little disappointed that I had missed that chance but I know we will see her son next year as he will be at BAMC for probably another 2.5 years in rehab.

Yesterday, I get home and Hilary had tagged me in a post. This is what it said,

"While at the table handing out tickets for the event I ran into a woman. She was clearly in distress and confused. I asked her what was wrong and she looked at me in the eye with a look I persoannly know all to well and said " I'm here because my son is in the hospital, he has been at bamc for the last 7 months, he saw this flyer and was so excited, the hospital said they would release him and he pushed so hard but they said he still needed more time to recover and couldn't go. He was upset so I came for him". With tears. Streaming down my face I asked "are his wounds combat related? What happened? ". She told me he was hit by a roadside bomb and lost both his legs at the knee and they are still trying to save his arm. I am crying at this point and so is she and Ashley (my bff). I composed myself and told Pam here is all my husbands information. You call us when your son is ready and we will make a trip out here just for him. I know several people with jeeps and we will make this happen for him. At the end of the event she found me and hugged me. She told me someone had told her about Shane and his healing thru wheeling and we shared a moment. So guys as soon as that soldier contacts us get ready to wheel up. I love you all so much and thank you for bringing my husband out of that dark nasty hole he was in, we have been thru so much the last 2.5 years and I know there are times when I couldn't have done it with out that damn jeep."

So in the end, once again the stars were in our favor. Looks like we will be doing a special trip for this soldier. I know Hilary and Shane very well and I know Hillary will not let this one slip. Of course it may be awhile before we get him offroad, but we do plan to take him for a few eat outs in Jeeps and go visit him.

This is not the only story like this. Everyone out there had an experience like this. Drivers and riders both shared time together that will make a difference in their life.
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Awesome stuff. Keep us posted on run. Lynne and I would love to be there.
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We're new Jeep owners. We just bought an Unlimited from NW. I'm a Navy veteran, and my wife is a nurse manager at the VA hospital in Houston. We really look forward to being involved in these events. Isn't there one in the fall at HF?
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When we were there for the 4 wheel parts event, they were talking about Tracy Byrd being at the next one. I thought they said in a couple of months, but maybe I got confused.
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