Life After War

Heading into the Memorial Day Weekend it’s appropriate to not only honor those who gave died for their country but also those who gave in ways that meant post-war life would be much different than their pre-war life. The Heritage Foundation’s Kelsey Harris has a post up about wounded war veterans — here’s the opening:

Coming home from war is a happy occasion — but transitioning back into civilian life carries unique challenges. One Marine veteran in Virginia found new opportunities in the transition — and now he helps others do the same.

Meet Brian Wilson.

Harris also introduces us to a few other veterans who survived terrible injuries. It’s an article that’s worth a few minutes — it includes several pictures and the two videos we’ve embedded here. One more excerpt about Brian Wilson:

A Marine from 2000-2006, Wilson served in Bosnia, East Africa, and Iraq. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 2006. And although he was thankful to come out of the experience with “all his fingers and toes,” the transition was tough.

It was nice to be in the city, but I was trying to replicate some of the stresses that I was under in Iraq. You just kind of seek out dangerous situations. You look for certain circumstances where you can recreate the stresses that you were under in places like Iraq.

That’s when Wilson discovered CrossFit – an instant community of fitness lovers that not only helped with his mental well-being, but his physical health, too.

I had a 40 percent disability rating. My knees and ankles were shredded. … I was doing one or two workouts a week and within three months, my knee pain was gone.

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