“You go from being part of a brotherhood, to being alone, to being part of a brotherhood again.”
Our warriors are inspiring and brave individuals who put everything on the line for their friends, family, and millions of strangers. It is a selfless and dangerous line of work to volunteer oneself for duty – one that potentially comes with severe side effects.
Most heroes continue to face challenges they must overcome, even after the so-called real battles have ended. They return home unsure of their future, unable to feel they fit in. Frankly, it’s difficult to re-integrate into an environment that is so different. Being in the military gives you focus and purpose. You know exactly what to do from the time you rise until you go to sleep. However, being at home means radically changing even the most basic of routines, in order to “fit in.”
“…because it was the first time I felt like I was home.“ Tom Welgos, Eastern Operations Coordinator, Heroes on the Water.
It is difficult to comprehend the intense emotions experienced by warriors who participate in Heroes on the Water’s therapeutic outings. HOW volunteers are drawn to participate in these programs for any number of reasons. In order to fully understand, sometimes it is necessary to hear it straight from those who are on the front line, making a difference every day.