The other morning I sat down for a brief moment and randomly decided to flip through the channels just to see what was on. I accidentally hit a channel that AT&T has, it's here that I sat and watched this documentary they were airing called Soldiers to Summits. Let me just say, I'm not much of a crier, but watching this moved me to tears. I sat there in awe over these brave men and women, just because they went to war, because in coming home they all dwelt with their demons due to war, and through this expedition they faced them and won. What an amazing experience to take part in a program for Soldiers to Summits, not just for a civilian, but especially for those servicemen and women, who this program is for.
I find it horrific that as a country more is not done to support our brave men and women who put everything aside to go off and fight in a war. Often times many come back with scares you can't see, and many come back with the ones you can, and yet nothing is given to them to cope with what they've experienced. Did you know that:
- 18 veterans commit suicide every day
- More than 5.5 million of the 21.9 million veterans in the United States are coping with a service-related disability
Soldiers to Summits (S2S) programs permanently impact lives by helping disabled members of all military branches tackle personal challenges. In S2S, mountains serve as both metaphor and training ground for stretching goals, building world-class teams, innovating through adversity and stepping up to lead and serve others. The program integrates with the rehab process and helps soldiers restructure how they approach their past and future. Through the S2S experience, veterans experience camaraderie and develop support systems they can depend on. Soldiers to Summits is a program of No Barriers USA (www.nobarriersusa.org), a nonprofit organization.
Soldiers to Summits receives more than five times the number of qualified applicants for our programs than we can accept due to funding limitations. Soldiers to Summits documents and shares stories about our journeys, reaching millions of people with a compelling message of the need to support our returning veterans (see the High Ground trailer below for an example). - this paragraph and the did you statics were quoted from here
Here's a little bit about the Soldiers to Summits documentary I watched:
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Want to be moved and inspired, then watch the documentary of the latest group of soldiers to take part in Soldiers to Summits, and then check out the award winning film of the first group of soldiers.