Military Warriors Support Foundation recently brought eight veterans to Patriot Point for a four-day retreat.
The guests traveled from Texas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland and included five Purple Heart Recipients among the group of U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army veterans. The retreat was a perfect fit for MWSF’s mission is to provide programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for combat-wounded veterans and Gold Star families.
“It was a great trip, everybody meshed really well,” MWSF program manager Daniel Robles said. “They’re all good friends now. You get the group together at first and everyone is quiet, but now they are all buddies and sharing phone numbers and contact information.”
The group arrived on a Monday, settling in and enjoying dinner, then took to the five-stand for skeet shooting on Tuesday after breakfast.
“Everybody was talking smack about how good they were, all in fun,” Robles said. “And it gave us a chance to meet the guys who were calling in the ducks for us the next day.”
The rest of the day included plenty of storytelling, TV and shooting pool in the Hemingway Room. Wednesday was cold – the impoundment was frozen over – as the group headed out before dark for a duck hunt.
“We got a rude awakening — the ducks were kicking our butts,” Robles said. “But we went back in and Joy had a great breakfast for us and warmed us up.”