“You don’t understand just how much it meant to me."

   I would first of all like to thank you for giving me some of my life back.   I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed myself and was at peace.   The weekend of September 18 and 19 was my first escape from my nightmares and also the first time in a very long time that I felt I could take my guard down and be myself. It was the first Wounded Warrior Fishing Bass Tournament that you and I ever participated in.  We met on September 18 at the hotel where we grilled and just got to know one another.  At that time we (the wounded warriors) did not know who our fishing tournament partners would be and I knew that night I really wanted the opportunity to get to know you. And I don’t know if it was sure luck or something else but we had the best time of our lives.  We did not catch anything but “smallies” but yet I got the best therapy I have ever gotten since June 2008 when I came back from Iraq.  Due to my PTSD I do not do very many things with complete strangers but now I have a true friend.  You showed me the best time of my life and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
 
   “You don’t understand just how much it meant to me and how much you mean to me know and I gratefully thank you and can’t show you my gratitude because it is too large.”  You showed me there are TRUE HEROS still in this world.  This is how I see you now.  This was one giant leap for my recovery and that is what we were there to do.  Our sole purpose of the wounded warrior program is to heal and that is exactly what you helped me do.   Thank you for the opportunity to go to this very special event and being there as a friend instead of a tournament partner.  Did you know the whole time I was with you in that boat and at the barbeque I did not have to take any of my anxiety medication?  Hanging out with you put me at ease and I have learned to take that ease and use it for everyday life.  That is something a doctor CAN NOT teach or put in a bottle.  I sincerely thank you for being you and showing me I have it in myself to get better and being there to just show me a good time fishing which I enjoyed more then I can put into words.

 

Sincerely,
A Grateful Warrior
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