Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cards R Fun

Last Tuesday Lisa brought two Christmas cards for the class to make.  The first one required sponging and embossing (we got to play with the heat gun).  The really fun thing about this card is that everyone could do their own thing with color and shape of hills.  One of the "first timers" was Ben from Fort Hood.  He wandered into the craft room and after some encouragement joined us. Jackie helped him get started and Paula, who joins us regularly, helped with tips along the way.  It's official - men use darker, bolder colors than women.

Ben, Jackie, Paula


The second card went together very quickly.  Lisa had all the parts pre-cut so it was basically assemble, stamp and glue. That was a good thing since the first one took most of the class time.
Alice, Ben Jackie, Paula Lisa, Angelia

All in all we had a good time (as usual) and Ben assured us he would be back in January!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

R&R in Fredericksburg

This past weekend 11 wounded warriors and their families/caregiver came to Fredericksburg for a much needed break from the "daily grind".  With the chaplain's family there were a total of 38 guests. The weekend started with dinner and bingo Friday night at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

An amazing thing happened after dinner-the teenagers volunteered to do the dishes!! After bingo everyone left for their weekend housing.  There were no other planned activities so this was truly a time to really relax. Entrance fee for the Antique Show and Fritztown Cinema were waived for our Guests.

Some of the feedback includes:
  • "We slept in, had a late breakfast and found some treasures at the Antique Show."
  • "... It was so peaceful. No time restrictions, a warm room, no beds to make-it was delightful...We drove the farm roads. ..."
  • "It was a blessing to be at the R&R!"
  • "It's the first time in 2 years we have been able to get away.  Didn't expect anything like this."
This wouldn't happen without our volunteers and donations.  Many Thank You's go to the following people who supported this event as food providers, kitchen help, lodging and other donations:
John & Sandy Doudna             Allen & Pat Spousta
Michelle Segner                       Gwen Kortzic
Linda Treibs                             Linda Graham
Kay Telle                                 Peggy Benson
Betty Phillips                           Donna Cannon
Liz Bispo                                 Stacy & Steven York
Larissa Halford                       Vedena Brown
Jan Canfield                            Fritztown Movie Theater
Texas Hill Country Antique Show
Country Inn Cottages
Sunday House Inn & Suites
South Church                          Murphy’s Guest House
White Guest House                 Pylate B&B
Benson B&B                           McCurdy Cabin
Curtis Woodard                       CC Gibbons
Clear River Pecan Company

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

3rd Quarter 2014 Newsletter Available

Just a reminder that you can download the current newsletter.  Look for "Newlsletter" in the column to the right.  Who knows, you might see your picture in it. Enjoy!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Enjoying the Outdoors

The month of October in Fredericksburg is full of “fests” and our October Wounded Warrior R&R was no exception.

The warriors and their families arrived on Friday evening to a dinner hosted by Faith Baptist Church.

On Saturday they experienced the Best Fest compliments of the Knights of Columbus.  Everyone enjoyed the different sausages with sides dishes and the music.  Children on the other hand enjoyed the face and pumpkin painting and games.

Mike and Debbi McCurdy hosted a chuck wagon meal on Saturday evening with music provided by Soul Patch.  The warriors were welcomed to the event by a group of local friends the McCurdy's had invited. There was lots of conversation as the two groups got acquainted.

It was such a scenic view from the McCurdy ranch to see the hills in the distance, the deer grazing and the sun set.  Of course, God provided perfect weather.  Just what the soldiers needed—a quiet, relaxing, food filled evening.  I am sure they returned to their place of lodging ready for a good night's sleep.

 On Sunday they enjoyed exploring the local shops on their own before returning to San Antonio.

None of this would have happened but for the Generosity of the community.  We appreciate those who hosted the families in their B&B’s, Faith Baptist Church for the delicious Friday night dinner, the Knights of Columbus for once again waiving Best Fest entry fees, the McCurdy's who graciously hosted the chuck wagon dinner, Soul Patch for sharing their talent, and all the local residence who helped make the warriors feel welcome.  We are looking forward to our November R&R (11/14-11/16).

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Down The Lazy River

On October 2 several Wounded Warriors traveled from Fort San Houston to San Marcos for a day of fun.  Ben Kvanli, owner of Olympic Out Door Center, provided kayaks and fees for the float were waived.  Brad Bowen from Adaptive Sports Military Program accompanied the warriors and was right there to offer assistance when needed.  It was a beautiful day to be on the water!!

Two members of Eikon Church floated and visited with the warriors making them feel welcome.  The church also provided lunch for everyone.

This is the first event WWAN has hosted in San Marcos and hopefully the first of many.

Many thanks to Eikon Church for "feeding the troops" and being a welcoming presence.

Thank you Ben for providing all the equipment for the float, waiving fees, etc.

And a special thanks to Brad who is always willing to assist us whether it's finding warriors who would benefit and enjoy an outing, recruiting other coaches/helpers and helping at the event. Your awesome!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Summer's Over

Susan with grandchildren

Vacation was wonderful but now it's over.  It was great being able to travel and get in quality Grandma Time.  But in the same respect it's good to get back to serving those have given so much for us so we can celebrate family and travel freely through this beautiful country.

A day out at Lazy U Ranch, Seguin, on August 22 was the beginning of a new exciting year of events designed around criteria addressing needs identified through discussions with the chaplain, company commanders, enlisted personnel and recently retired veterans.  While the wounded, injured & ill have been and will continue to be our primary focus we will be including more staff.  For example, the September 5th event was for chaplains who can suffer from compassion fatigue in addition to the challenges of everyday life.
Company B Outing 8/22/14
It's going to be interesting to see where GOD leads us.  Wondering what I mean?  Well several things are happening.  First, the Caron Foundation has approached us about helping them with couples' retreats in this area.  Caron is well established in Pennsylvania as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.   They have developed a new couples counseling program open to veterans (both active and retired) focusing on challenges unique to them.  We have at least two couples scheduled to attend the first Texas retreat this December. Their evaluation and feedback along with that of a local counselor will help in our decision making.  Second, when the ministry first began we hoped for 6 - 8 wounded warriors at an event.  Now, depending on housing and funds, we have to limit the numbers to 30. The ministry is also looking at possibly increasing the number of day events hosted as that would increase the number of people we can give a break and expose to the love of GOD.  Several medically retired soldiers who experienced R&Rs and other ministry activities while in treatment have encouraged us to keep in contact with participants who've retired.  They may be retired but they still need love and stress re-leasers.

The support and generosity of this community is what enables Wounded Warriors at Nebo to continue the ministry. Each time there is an event it is a reflection of you all.  Thank you seems inadequate but it will have to suffice.  THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Archery Tournament

 Dustin Jones recruited seven soldiers and his son Justin  to come to Fredericksburg on Saturday September 20th for an archery tournament sponsored by the Fredericksburg Archery Club. The group enjoyed an evening BBQ and spent the night at Karl and Mary Ranslaben's " White House."

 Several went for a night drive after dinner and were treated to seeing some good wildlife. After a big breakfast Sunday morning, they went to the Kowert Ranch to participate in a 3D archery tourney- for some their first competition. Dustin said it was a "great bunch of people" and a "very laid back and fun tournament." He said it was perfect for  the newbies. David Feller, archery club president, waived the entry fee and the club also treated the group to lunch afterwards. We had given them money for lunch, so Dustin decided to donate that money back to the club in the form or raffle tickets. Several of the soldiers won prizes- that is a win-win-win scenario!!!!  

Dustin has a giving spirit. He works with wounded warriors helping them adjust to their new normal and reintegration. The warriors respond to him because he's one of them and he won't take no for an answer. Keep up the good work Dustin!!