Being a veteran and growing up in a military family, I am especially passionate about supporting our fallen warriors, and this past weekend was a great opportunity to experience the benefits of helping out. I hopped on a flight to Dallas last Thursday to meet up with one of my new brothers in my growing OCR family, Jonathan Lopez of Operation Enduring Warrior, Oscar Mike Foundation and Cadira MD. This guy is a true leader in every sense of the word. His passion for helping others is second to none and he won’t take no for an answer. I love it. He pushes people far beyond their comfort zone to do what he knows they are capable of, even when they doubt themselves. Not only does he push and instill hope in others, but he continues to set higher goals for himself and never stops going. His hashtag #DieFirstThenQuit pretty much defines his life as I know it.
Our first weekend highlight was our visit with David Vobora, a retired NFL athlete who created The Adaptive Training Foundation, a training program in Dallas to help adaptive athletes get back in shape. Not only is he helping them physically, but emotionally and mentally his program continues to build a sense of inner strength that truly rehabilitates people and gets them involved in helping others in their community. We highly recommend you check out his program and gym – and if you get the chance, please give him a bunch of high fives for dedicating so much passion to this amazing group of individuals.
The next big event of our trip was the Veterans Charity Benefit Dinner on Friday evening. A huge thanks to Sean Valigura for bringing so many incredible people together for a great cause. Hearing the stories of intensely inspiring speakers truly put life’s obstacles into perspective for all in attendance.
The final highlight of the weekend was Operation Enduring Warrior, Oscar Mike Foundation and The Adaptive Training Foundation joining forces to brave the cold during the Fallen Heroes Memorial Run http://fallenheroes.run/. This consisted of hundreds of people coming together to support our veterans and adaptive athletes through many miles of rough Texas terrain and challenging obstacles. Jonathan Lopez, being the hero that he is, encouraged, guided, and at some points even carried his dear friend Lindsay through to completion in her first obstacle race. Lindsay ‘Lu’ Ess is a very impressive adaptive athlete who works with Some Assembly Required, a veteran founded project dedicated to the growth of competitive adaptive sports. It’s difficult to put into words how powerful it was to witness the courage and determination displayed throughout the weekend. Here are some pictures below from this event.
I’m already so excited to join Operation Enduring Warrior for another challenge and to share fellowship getting to know and witness more incredible athletes. Join us on November 11, 2017, in North Carolina for the Veterans Day Edition of the Green Beret Challenge’s Operators Course! Click here to register – we look forward to seeing you there!
Use discount code “LegendGBCOEW” and GBC will donate 40% of your ticket price to OEW!