This was a photo a friend of mine sent to me from the much former "C" Company. I came across it today as I was adding photos to a new gallery on my author website. You can check that out when you have some time. For confidentiality reasons, I can't post some of my most treasured pictures with the troops, but I posted a few good memories that certainly tell a story of the path I was on.
This photo brings back some key memories from very early in the war with Iraq. The troops that came through the medical hold at that time were many. They had numerous stories, jobs, physical conditions, and a variety of mindsets about the war. These early groups taught me to pay attention and showed me great compassion and respect.
They were silly some days and solemn other days, but it was always clear that the presence of myself and the other volunteers was appreciated and much needed. There was a lot of confusion for them, as the world learned along side them what their care was going to involve in both the short term and the long term.
We have come a long way since then, but there is still so much more to be learned and so much more for us to do.
When I speak of recovery and healing as a journey, it is a similar journey for those who are seeking to help because even the doctors, the psychologists, the researchers, and practitioners of many arenas do not have all the answers at their fingertips. This is a frustration for many, but just as I learn from every person who comes to me, the process of growth through our experiences deepens. The journey doesn't have a destination and for the logical thinking person, that is a major hurdle to overcome.