The Military Warriors Support Foundation is hosting a group of four combat-wounded veterans and their families this week at Patriot Point.
The group includes two U.S. Army veterans and their families and two U.S. Marine Corps veterans and their families. The guests traveled from Kansas City; Fayetteville, N.C.; San Antonio and Dallas.
“Once getting everyone here on Monday, we have been fishing in the Chesapeake Bay for rockfish,” said Dan Robles, MWSF Skills4Life Program Manager. “After that we spent the day relaxing on the farm, with some kids fishing in the small pond or kayaking and swimming.
“Today we woke up and took turns catching some blue crab for tonight’s dinner. Now we are all just hanging out in the Main House playing pool and pinball.
“Tomorrow we plan on checking out the Harriet Tubman Museum and maybe making a trip to Ocean City.”
The Military Warriors Support Foundation earlier this month hosted three combat-wounded veterans and their families for five days of relaxation at Patriot Point. Two of the veterans were women.
“They had a blast,” said Marlene Rodriguez, MWSF Skills4life Program Coordinator, who served 10 years in the Army herself and is a Purple Heart Recipient. “We did some fishing, kayaking, crabbing and just hanging out on the beach. All in all it was a great trip.”
Rodriguez said the trip was especially relaxing because they could do activities and go to the beach without worrying about crowds.
“They told me that when you go to a public beach, it’s so hard to relax with all the people around,” Rodriguez said.
The Military Warriors Support Foundation brought five veterans and their families to Patriot Point for a weeklong stay over the Independence Day holiday.
“A lot of things we do takes the fathers away,” said David Dougherty, director of the MWSF Skills4Life program. “This year we are focusing on families and keeping them together on the adventure of a lifetime.”
“This place is amazing,” Trent Brining, a Purple Heart Recipient who was joined on the trip by his wife and two children, said early in the visit. “Can’t wait to see what the week holds.”
The group certainly enjoyed its visit, taking in all that Patriot Point has to offer and even making time for a quick visit to Washington, D.C. At Patriot Point, the group enjoyed the beach and hit the water often, hauling in plenty of fish and crabs.
“My kids will talk about this for years,” said Jeff Cleland, a Marine veteran who was joined by his wife and two children on the visit. “My kids have told me stories of catching crabs every night before bed. They are exaggerating the size and amount of crabs caught, but they loved catching what we ate at night.”
Thanks to Joe and Linda Beck, whose generosity made the retreat possible.
Patriot Point recently hosted Ryan, Mary and their
daughter Isabelle for a weekend.
Ryan has 18 years of service in the U.S. Army. Most of
that time, he has been on active duty and he has been in the West Virginia
National Guard since 2014. He served multiple overseas tours and participated
in combat operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi
Ryan was severely injured in a parachuting accident two
years ago and assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Belvoir for
medical rehab at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir hospitals. Earlier this month, he
was approved for medical retirement, but elected to instead defer the
retirement for two years and returned to duty in the National Guard.
wife, Mary, and I have each stayed at Patriot Point in the past for different
events, but this is the first time we were able to bring our daughter, Isabelle,”
Ryan said. “During this visit we enjoyed several exciting activities such as
fishing, crabbing and sporting clays. We also had a great time playing in
the sand on the beach and chasing small fish around in the shallow water.
housing accommodations were perfect for our family and we took advantage of the
big kitchen, board games and terrific (Under Armour Freedom Fitness Center).
We definitely look forward to the next time we visit Patriot Point again.”
Patriot Point recently hosted Brian, Maureen and their
two children for a recent weekend visit. The family had been to Patriot Point
one year ago; Maureen is a commissioned officer in the Air Force and was
injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq.
“We enjoyed sitting out by the pond, fishing with (property
manager Tim Mitchell) out in the Bay, hiking through the property, roasting
marshmallows, canoeing, kayaking and, foe the kids, building sand castles and
catching frogs,” Maureen said. “As before, it was an amazing trip. Caleb even
asked on Sunday if we could live there.
“Thank you so much to the team at
Patriot Point, all the sponsors and Tim for making the weekend so amazing!”