Warrior Reunion Foundation recently hosted a pair of weekend retreat visits bringing together soldiers who served together in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“The reunions were absolutely spectacular and much of that is attributable to the absolutely perfect fit that Patriot Point is for our mission,” Warrior Reunion Founder + CEO James Ferguson said.
The first reunion was for 14 U.S. Navy veterans who served together in Riverine Squadron 3. The group arrived from across the country on a Friday and stayed through Monday.
“It was the best thing I could have done for myself personally, to come out here and reunite with the old guys,” Master Chief Petty Officer Ed Bennett said. “It was almost like we picked up right where we left off. It was really great to see where everyone is going and remind them we can lean on one another. … I’ve never been in such a nice place. It was perfect to do what we needed to do.”
The second reunion brought together 24 U.S. Army veterans and Gold Star Family members.
“Out of all the things I’ve done over the last 10 years to deal with that combat tour, this is probably the most therapeutic thing that I’ve done,” Lieutenant Colonel Steve Holmberg said. “It is great to see everyone, share stories and have a wonderful time.”
“It was the best experience of my life,” said Gold Star Mother Dolores Reed, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan. “It was such a healing experience. We felt so close to each other. It really made my heart feel good.”