|CPT Edward Klein and wife Jessica See below for photo credit|
Warrior Care Month recognition began in 2008 and is observed in November to wrap it's arms around Veterans Day. The Roundtable met to listen to one veteran's story that can both make your heart stop and at the same time impress you with the resilience that this young man and his spouse caregiver have. Captain Klein, better known as "Flip" quickly jumped into the events of his recovery following his October 2012 injuries. The 2006 West Point grad wanted the bloggers to know that he relied on his Ranger training to keep going when the world seemed the darkest. He quoted, "You can always take another step" and "Only thing that can stop me, is me" to the group as we listened to his words that reflected how much effort he had put into his recovery from the loss of three limbs. Yes, I said the loss of three limbs and part of his hand as well. Putting my arms around those details was just tough and writing about it is even harder for this veteran. Yet, his story is compelling for Americans to know; to recognize the sacrifice, the service before self attitude and the values of our Veterans.
|Captain Klein Walking In July See Below|
One theme that struck me was the Kleins' description of "snowballing". The negative steps that get bigger and bigger just like a snowball rolling down a hill as it gathers the snow around it, become a heavy weight for the individual and family. Jessica said she had gone down the road that Flip is not going to recover and had planned his funeral due to snowballing. Learning to redirect energy into positive thoughts and avoid the negative "if this happens, then this is the next bad event", etc. As a current cancer patient their description struck me as applicable to so many life events. The Kleins have found a way to work through this trauma and find the positive means to grow.
|Tandem Jump! See below.|
During my research for this article I found the Warrior Transition Command blog with great articles and information to share with others about our wounded heroes! Great reading and positive information for many.
Another great read is the article "101 Ways to Thank A Veteran" by the MilitaryAvenue.com team.
Are you in the DC area? Come cheer on our heroes at a Sitting Volleyball Tournament at the Pentagon on November 21st.
Photo Credit: Capt. Edward Klein, a triple amputee, was wounded in Afghanistan, October 22, 2012. Jessica Klein, who has always been by his side, catches some sleep next to her husband, Army Capt. Edward Klein, in the Walter Reed ICU. An infantryman, at the time of his injury, Klein was Company Commander for Bravo Company, 4-23IN, 2 SCBT, 2ID out of Joint Base Lewis McCord. Photo by CPT Andrew McIndoe
Photo Credit: 7. Walking cutline: Capt. Edward Klein demonstrates an extraordinary recovery as he walks July 10. 2012 at the WRNMMC Military Advanced Training Center with new prosthetics. Photo by Jessica Klein
Photo Credit: Capt. Klein executing a tandem skydive 17Sep2012 at Skydive Suffolk. The event, Jump for a Purpose, was sponsored by Wounded Wear and Operation Enduring Warrior to support wounded warrior goal setting and community reintegration. Photo by Skydive Suffolk