No Warrior Left Behind

No Warrior Left Behind recently hosted a group of recovering service members and a recovering law enforcement member for a weekend duck hunt at Patriot Point. The group hit the blinds early Saturday morning and within 40 minutes, there were 40 ducks in the bag.

“Thank you so much for the great weekend of camaraderie, fun and skill,” wrote Adam Devine, a marine who is a double-amputee above the knee. “The duck hunt was second to none! There were so many ducks! Patriots Point was a great place to go. The shooting range, gym, common house and dorm house were clean and well taken care of.

“I needed this weekend to help me unwind from all the stressful things going on and not have anxiety about who I was hunting with. Having other warriors, both military and law enforcement, around allowed me to let my guard down and just relax. Thanks again for a great weekend and I hope you are able to help other warriors with more events like this one. Cheers!”

Jeremiah Gorsuch, a U.S. army explosive ordinance disposal service member who had both knee amputated below the knee, wrote: “I had such a great time on the trip to Patriot Point.  This is exactly what I needed after having to spend so much time at Walter Reed lately.  I was able to meet some veterans and police officers on the trip that I can now call friends.  I would definitely recommend this trip to other veterans/first responders.”

Operation Second Chance-November Retreat

Operation Second Chance recently hosted eight recovering service members and their spouses and caregivers for a weekend retreat at Patriot Point, sponsored by Under Armour Freedom.

The group enjoyed a fantastic weekend, with a morning pheasant shoot, following by breakout sessions for the men and women. There was also a watercolor painting session for the couples and “dinner was bountiful,” said Walt Ellenberger, chairman of the steering committee for OSC Delmar.

“It was an absolutely beautiful weekend,” Ellenberger said. “Just a great experience. Our objective is to get these guys out. At one point, we were discussing that we should have blocked in a little more down time into the agenda because you’re so busy and it goes by so quickly.”

USO-Metro October Retreat

Patriot Point recently hosted eight active-duty service members for a USO-Metro retreat. Many of the service members were new to the military and National Capital Region, so the opportunity for them to bond was particularly meaningful. The group fished, enjoyed bonfires on beach and roasted marshmallows. Dencil Harrison, the USO-Metro center supervisor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall said that the group already was talking about getting a chance to return to Patriot Point. “Such a wonderful weekend!” he said.