Writings from the wife of a wounded warrior who has been left with mostly invisible injuries.
Monday, July 9, 2012
1st Annual Silent Siren Salutes Summer
We are excited to announce our first fundraising event for Silent Siren on August 4, 2012 at Ottawa University!! We have a full day of activities planned with fun for everyone! Get those BBQ and kickball teams ready for some fun competition and prizes!! Anyone can participate! Kickball or BBQ not your thing? No worries!! Plan to come enjoy entertainment, carnival games, pie auction, and the outdoor family friendly movie at dark. Proceeds will be benefiting Silent Siren, a program of the Karla Smith Foundation 501(c)3.
For more information please contact me, Gina Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-242-1319. Registration is open now and ends July 20th!! Don't wait, get your teams registered today!!
I am the wife of a wounded warrior. This season of my life started November 21, 2007, the day before Thanksgiving. My husband was deployed to Iraq and my family had all went to my sister's house for the holiday. My mom, sister, and I were making pies when my cell phone rang. Little did I know that my entire life was about to change. My husband had been critically injured in Iraq. Thus began this season of my life.
We are now three years into this season. We have all changed in many ways. Each day we try to embrace each other for who we are now and not dwell too much on who we used to be. Some changes are not so good, but many are definitely for the better. Just recently, we have started talking about the positive changes that we notice that are a direct result of this traumatic event.
I now know that my passion in life is to help other wounded warriors and their families. There are many needs that are not being met and it is my hope to help fill in some of those gaps for others who are traveling this same road.
If you would like to post a link to any part of my blog, or copy and paste, please ask for permission before doing so. This is my personal story and is written for the purpose of self therapy and to help other's in similar situations feel less alone or find resources for help. I appreciate everyone's support and comments and will gladly grant permission to people or organizations that have similar beliefs as my own.
I'm a Finalist!!
MG Bunting presenting SGT Hill with Purple Heart
December 3, 2007 WRAMC
New York City Wounded Warrior Trip with the FDNY
Riding an FDNY fireboat to the statue of liberty. May 2008
There is no bond stronger than the one that exists in a family. It allows us to fail without fault, to learn without loss,to love without condition. It is how we become who we are... -Brooke Vogel
Allen, Gina, Makale, and Dreyson
Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY
Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute
Makale and Dreyson with Mickey and Minnie in Orlando December 2008
Daddy and the Boys
Hanging out in the hottub
Lightning McQueen at Hollywood Studios
Posing with Lightning McQueen
Makale @ Sunflower State Games
Makale and Heather displaying their medals from the Sunflower State Games August 2007
Dreyson proudly wearing his "My Dad is the Man" t-shirt