Operation Second Chance brought seven caregivers of wounded, ill and injured veterans to Patriot Point this past weekend. According to Emily Selga, Military Family Support Liaison for Operation Second Chance, the goal for the retreat was to allow the caregivers to form new friendships and share resources and information with each other. Caregivers often feel isolated, Selga said, because it is hard for family and friends to understand how difficult the job can be.
The best part of the retreat was the relaxing environment that Patriot Point provides. Caregivers enjoyed sitting on the tranquil beach and savoring the peace and quiet.
“Many caregivers do not get to relax often,” Selga said. “So they really took advantage of the chance to do so.”
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore brought a group of caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members to Patriot Point this past weekend. The group had so much fun during their stay that only suggestion for next time is to make their stay longer!
Patriot Point property manager Tim Mitchell gave the group time to explore the property after their arrival, then they loaded up and headed to the legendary Old Salty’s for dinner. It was too windy for a bonfire, so the s’mores had to be oven-baked. The next day included kayaking and paddling the calm waters of Parsons and Slaughters creeks, art, yoga, massages courtesy of USO-Metro partner Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services and a tasty and healthy lunch from Kelly at nearby Emily’s Produce.
“The caregivers really enjoyed their time there,” USO-Metro manager of resiliency programs Ashy Palliparambil wrote. “Thank you for all that you do.”
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore earlier this month brought four couples to Patriot Point for a “Couples Night Away.” It was a chance for the service members from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to relax on a beautiful day. There were service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and the U.S. Public Health Service.
Each couple had the chance to go crabbing, fishing and kayaking and also played cornhole. The group had a delicious seafood dinner at Old Salty’s, then headed back to Patriot Point for a bonfire on the beach, where they made s’mores and traded stories about their experiences.